Most voters support real-time political donations reporting – Guardian Essential poll | Australia news


An overwhelming majority of voters support real-time reporting of political donations and disclosure of politicians’ meetings with companies, unions and donors, according to the Guardian Essential poll.

A total of 79% of the 1,025 people polled would support making all politicians publicly disclose meetings with representatives of companies, donors or unions while 78% support reporting political donations immediately rather than the current annual disclosures.

The highest support for public disclosure of meetings was among Greens supporters (87%), followed by supporters of minor parties and independents (86%) compared with major party voters, including Labor supporters (84%) and the Coalition (77%).

The poll, conducted between June 22 and 26, found similarly high support for real-time disclosure of donations with the highest support among Greens voters and minor party voters.

A total of 64% of those polled support a ban on foreign donations, again with the highest support among voters who support minor parties and independents (81%) compared with supporters of the Greens (69%), Labor (66%) and the Coalition (63%).

Labor has taken a policy to ban foreign donations to the last two elections and recently the government flagged a crackdown on foreign donations, although it favours extending the ban on foreign donations to third-party activist groups such as Get Up!. Labor does not support the extension to third parties.

There was also strong support for a $5,000 cap on donations (61%) and a ban on donations from companies and unions (60%). But of all the reforms related to political donations, only 30% supported a total donation ban and taxpayers footing the campaigning bill.

Asked whether climate change policy is one of the most important issues in determining their vote at the federal elections, a total of 40% of those polled agreed and 30% disagreed.

More Greens voters (77%) agreed, followed by Labor voters (51%), while more Liberal/National voters disagreed climate was a vote determiner than agreed taht it was (31% to 37%), while a majority of independent and other-party voters disagreed (51%).

Younger, more educated people polled were more likely to agree with the climate statement while older, less educated were less likely to agree.

Voters continue to score Malcolm Turnbull’s top two attributes as intelligence (72%) and out of touch with ordinary people (65%). Since the question was last asked in February this year, 3% more people scored the prime minister as aggressive and 4% more people scored him as visionary.

Voters continued to score Shorten as hardworking (59%) and intelligent (58%), although both of those measures dropped 2% since the question was last asked. The biggest changes in key attributes were a drop of 4% as “a capable leader” and a drop of 3% on “being more honest than most politicians”.

On a two-party preferred basis, Labor continues to lead the Coalition 52% to 48% but on primary votes, Labor (36%), the Coalition (39%) and the Greens (10%) picked up 1% each, with One Nation dropping two points to 7%.

When it comes to voters’ perceptions, the Liberal party has improved its position against the Labor party on security and the war on terrorism (up 3%) and controlling interest rates (up 3%) since the same question was asked last December.

The Labor party has improved its position against the Liberal party on ensuring a fair taxation system (up 9%), a fair industrial relations system (up 7%), treatment of asylum seekers (up 5%) and protecting Australian jobs and local industries (up 4%).

Malcolm Turnbull was preferred as a better source of advice for investing money, giving advice to children about the future, and having over for dinner.

Bill Shorten was more trusted to help with home renovations, to help if your car was stranded, and to go to the pub for a beer.

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