Polls Blog
First preference index shows small gains for Labor
Thursday, 25 October 2012 21:54 | Written by Graham Young

Our First Preference Index experiment is maintaining its record for accurately tracking movements in the major party votes. In our latest polling Labor has improved its vote significantly, the Greens have gone backwards and the Libs are a smidgin under steady, a similar result to Newspoll.

 
Tactical gain for Julia Gillard in sexism debate
Thursday, 25 October 2012 21:08 | Written by Graham Young

FOREIGN journalists and social media proclaimed it a success, while domestic political commentators, including me, canned it.

 
Repealing alcohol bans in Indigenous communities
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 21:45 | Written by Graham Young

I'm confused by the Queensland government's move to lift the alcohol bans in Indigenous communities. It's not that long ago that John Howard, under the influence of Mal Brough, imposed alcohol bans in the Northern Territory as part of cleaning-up corruption and abuse. Both got a lot of credit from Liberal voters for this, but 5 years later we see Liberal state and territory governments moving in the opposite direction.

 
Foreign ownership - feelings
Sunday, 14 October 2012 16:53 | Written by Graham Young

Cubbie station seems a good test of what the limits are in what people will accept in foreign ownership. It is something most people know something about and it brings into play the rural sector, our iconic Murray River,  environmental issues, industrial and national development, and the impact on local economies. 

 
Foreign ownership - the numbers
Sunday, 14 October 2012 16:29 | Written by Graham Young

We're not comfortable with it, we reluctantly admit we need it, but we can't think of too many things we'd give over to it? What is it?

 
Bombs versus dollars
Sunday, 30 September 2012 16:31 | Written by Graham Young

When it comes to uranium mining, in some ways it is an old argument that hasn't moved on much. On one end are those who are concerned about safety from an industrial and military perspective, and on the other are those who see a dollar to be earned.

 
Maybe Uranium should be left in the ground
Sunday, 30 September 2012 16:00 | Written by Graham Young

The Queensland government intends to ask the people what they think about lifting the state ban on uranium mining, so we decided we'd help them out and posted our weekly poll on just that subject.

 
Is Newman a dead weight on Abbott?
Tuesday, 25 September 2012 13:28 | Written by Graham Young

According to Newspoll, since July 22 this year Julia Gillard has staged a remarkable comeback surging from 28 per cent to 36 per cent on first preferences and tying with the Opposition after distribution of preferences. Has Campbell Newman been part of her success?

 
Queensland Budget 2012
Monday, 24 September 2012 21:32 | Written by Graham Young

The first Newman budget was supposed to rule a line under the pain and point to the gain. We didn't manage to measure whether it did that, but we did measure the fact that the budget was marginally unpopular and had a measurably negative impact on voting intentions for the government.

 
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