Polls Blog
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.

Colouring in the Queensland economy
Thursday, 13 September 2012 12:34 | Written by Graham Young

Views on the economy are confirmed from the qual as being strongly coloured by someone's voting intentions. The first map is of responses to whether the Queensland economy is strong or not. At the top we have those who believe the economy is strong, and the concepts that they use most frequently have to do with Campbell Newman and the LNP, and not believing them. These people are most likely to be ALP, or Katter voters.

Queensland economy could be better than we think
Saturday, 08 September 2012 11:53 | Written by Graham Young

Asking people whether the economy is strong or weak is fraught because what you get is not a measure of how the economy is going, but a measure of how they think it is going. It is a measure of confidence, not reality. And even that is fraught because that confidence will be mediated by what is going on in their life.

Poll on Queensland economy
Wednesday, 05 September 2012 06:15 | Written by Graham Young

I've just posted a poll on the Queensland economy. It will be used in analysis of the first Queensland LNP budget, to be brought down next week. To participate, click on this link.

Why we want to limit urban sprawl
Tuesday, 04 September 2012 15:54 | Written by Graham Young

Even if denser cities aren't particularly desirable our respondents seem to think they are inevitable, so let's work out how to live with them. So the qualitative responses are practical more than anything else. While they may support higher density they often come combined with advice as to how to make higher density work better.

Support for densification
Sunday, 02 September 2012 13:36 | Written by Graham Young

If all politics is local there is nothing more local, or political, than a rezoning application in a residential area, particularly if it leads to higher density. Hearing Cr Helen Abrahams early last week arguing against a high rise development in West End I decided it was a subject worth polling.

Why we think the education system is failing us
Tuesday, 28 August 2012 21:48 | Written by Graham Young

What I discovered reading the qual is that while we asked whether the education system met the state's needs, most of the responses actually talked about the quality of the education system and what people liked, or disliked, about it. It was mostly dislike.

Schooling in Queensland
Monday, 27 August 2012 22:11 | Written by Graham Young

I've polled on education a number of times over the years, and it seems that we're always dissatisfied with it. Education is more a Labor and Greens concern than an LNP one, and that is reflected in the composition of our respondents who are a bit more to the left than the general population.

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