The Essential Vision research published today has some incongruous results on the Julia Gillard union scandals etc.
Taking the past two weeks, the voting intentions show two party preferred at 53-47 for the Coalition with the ALP gaining a little ground, not statistically significant, at the expense of the Greens.
Drilling down to the AWU issue, Essential finds that 38 per cent are more negative to Julia Gillard as a result of the Opposition’s “slime and sleaze” campaign, including 64 per cent of Coalition voters but only 9 per cent of ALP supporters. Those who had heard a lot about the issue tended to be more negative to the PM. Only 11 per cent were more positive to the PM as a result of the issue (22 per cent of ALP voters and 4 per cent of ALP voters).
On the other hand, reflections on how Julia Gillard and the Opposition had handled the issue tended to see the former in a far more favourable light.
Perceptions Julia Gillard The Opposition
Total Good 39% 35%
Total Poor 20% 49%
Even among coalition voters, one third of those registering an opinion did not think it had been handled well. Julia’s lavish use of scorn and rhetoric clearly cuts ice among large swathes of voters
The Galaxy polling published over the weekend was rather less favourable to the PM. According to Samantha Maiden, 1015 people surveyed across Australia on Thursday and Friday nights, 31 per cent said she lied and 31 per cent said she was economical with the truth.
Among Coalition voters, 81 per cent believe the Prime Minister should explain herself over the AWU affair with a statement to Parliament. That compared with 36 per cent of Labor voters.