Fairfax-Ipsos poll – September 2017
The most recent Fairfax-Ipsos poll was published on 15 May. Details were published in previous editions of Inside Publishers Federal Political Briefing.
It showed an improvement in the Coalition’s two-party preferred poll support but with Labor still leading by 53 to 47 per cent compared to a Labor lead of 55 to 45 per cent in the previous poll.
The previous Fairfax-Ipsos poll was published in March, so the result cannot be particularly tied to reaction to the Budget.
Labor’s primary vote was 35 per cent (up 1 point since March) and the Coalition was 37 per cent (up 4 points since March). The Greens primary vote was 13 per cent (down 3 points since March), One Nation was 2 per cent and others are on 13 per cent (down 2 points since March).
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s approval rating lifted to 45 per cent (up 5 points since March); his disapproval rating was 44 per cent (down 4 points since March), giving a net approval of +1 (up 9 points since March). This is a significant improvement since March, but lags the ratings he received following his first budget as PM.
Mr Turnbull remained the preferred Prime Minister at 47 per cent, a rise of 2 points since March, while 35 per cent favoured Bill Shorten (a rise of 2 points since March).
Bill Shorten’s approval rating was 42 per cent (up 7 points since March) and his disapproval rating was 47 per cent (down 6 points since March), for a net approval of -5 (up 13 points since March).
Malcolm Turnbull remains the preferred Prime Minister, at 47 per cent, a rise of 2 points since March. 35 per cent favour Bill Shorten as Prime Minister (a rise of 2 points since March).
On other issues polled by the Fairfax-Ipsos poll:
- The Australian public was divided on whether or not they are satisfied with this year’s Federal Budget; 44 per cent say they are, and 43 per cent say they’re not.
- Half (50 per cent) believe they’ll be worse off as a consequence of this Federal Budget, with only one in five (20 per cent) thinking they’ll benefit.
- Despite a minority (20 per cent) thinking this budget will personally benefit them, on balance, Australians believe this was a fair budget; 42 per cent, compared to 39 per cent saying it was unfair.
- Two-thirds (68 per cent) supported the increased tax on Australian banks, rising to three-quarters (74 per cent) among Coalition voters.
- 61 per cent supported the increased Medicare levy for middle and higher income Australians; 36 per cent oppose this change.