Party Attributes Comparison – Labor vs Liberal

Jun 15, 2016
  Liberal Labor   Difference
Too close to the big corporate and financial interests 66% 35%   +31
Out of touch with ordinary people 63% 46%   +17
Extreme 38% 30%   +8
Has a good team of leaders 42% 39%   +3
Divided 52% 49%   +3
Have a vision for the future 51% 48%   +3
Clear about what they stand for 46% 43%   +3
Will promise to do anything to win votes 65% 64%   +1
Keeps its promises 30% 31%   -1
Trustworthy 30% 33%   -3
Have good policies 41% 46%   -5
Understands the problems facing Australia 44% 49%   -5
Trust to manage a fair superannuation system 39% 45%   -6
Moderate 47% 54%   -7
Looks after the interests of working people 31% 56%   -25

The Labor Party is viewed more favourably in terms of looking after the interest of working people (-25) and not being too close to the big corporate and financial interests (+31) or out of touch with ordinary people (+17).

Changes to superannuation

Jun 15, 2016

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the changes to superannuation made in the Budget, which includes capping tax concessions for those with more than $1.6 million in superannuation?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Super no payments Super

pre-tax payments

Super after tax payments No super
Total approve 47%   48% 57% 50% 40%   46% 51% 60% 53%
Total disapprove 22%   24% 20% 22% 28%   23% 28% 28% 14%
Strongly approve 13%   15% 14% 24% 10%   14% 17% 14% 14%
Approve 34%   33% 43% 26% 30%   32% 34% 46% 39%
Disapprove 15%   16% 16% 12% 17%   17% 15% 19% 9%
Strongly disapprove 7%   8% 4% 10% 11%   6% 13% 95 5%
Don’t know 31%   29% 22% 29% 32%   31% 21% 13% 33%

47% approve of the changes to superannuation made in the Federal Budget and 22% disapprove.

Those most likely to approve were Liberal/National voters (57%), full-time workers (53%), those earning $1,500-2,000 pw (57%) and those making after-tax super contributions (60%).

Voting

Jun 15, 2016

Q. Thinking about the Federal election to be held on July 2, do you intend to vote at a polling booth on election day or will you be casting your vote before election day?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Vote on election day 64% 70% 63% 69% 71% 63% 65% 65%
Vote before election day 23% 22% 28% 17% 23% 19% 23% 27%
Not sure 13% 8% 9% 14% 6% 18% 12% 8%

64% say they will be voting at a polling booth on election day, 23% intend to cast their vote before the election and 13% are not sure. There were few differences across demographic groups.

Federal voting intention

Jun 7, 2016

Q. If a Federal Election was held today to which party will you probably give your first preference vote? If not sure, which party are you currently leaning toward? If don’t know -Well which party are you currently leaning to?

  Total   Last week

31/5/16

2 weeks ago

24/5/16

4 weeks ago

10/5/16

  Election 7 Sep 13
Liberal 37%   38% 38% 38%    
National 4%   3% 3% 4%    
Total Liberal/National 41%   41% 41% 42%   45.6%
Labor 36%   35% 37% 38%   33.4%
Greens 10%   9% 9% 10%   8.6%
Nick Xenophon Team 4%   4% 3% na  
Other/Independent 10%   10% 9% 10%   12.4%
2 party preferred              
Liberal National 50%   51% 49% 49%   53.5%
Labor 50%   49% 51% 51%   46.5%

NB: Sample = 1,772. The data in the above tables comprise 2-week averages derived from the first preference/leaning to voting questions. Respondents who select ‘don’t know’ are not included in the results. The two-party preferred estimate is calculated by distributing the votes of the other parties according to their preferences at the 2013 election.

Interest in election

Jun 7, 2016

Q. Thinking about the Federal election campaign so far, how much interest have you been taking in news about the campaign and what the parties have been saying?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
A lot of interest 14%   18% 13% 14% 17%   18% 10% 11% 11% 21%
Some interest 39%   41% 44% 46% 33%   40% 37% 34% 41% 40%
Very little interest 27%   24% 29% 23% 28%   26% 27% 28% 28% 23%
No interest at all 18%   15% 13% 17% 20%   13% 23% 22% 18% 15%
Not sure 3%   1% 1% 1%   2% 3% 5% 2% 1%

14% say they have taken a lot of interest in news about the election campaign and what the parties have been saying, and 39% have taken some interest. 45% have taken very little or no interest.

45% of those aged 18-34 have a lot or some interest compared to 61% of those aged 55+.

Contact with election campaign

Jun 7, 2016

Q. Over the last few weeks which of the following types of contact have you had with the election campaign?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Seen TV campaign ads 58%   57% 65% 49% 61%
Received campaign materials in your letterbox 49%   48% 50% 54% 63%
Watched one of the party leader debates on TV 22%   26% 22% 27% 24%
Received an email about the election 17%   19% 19% 28% 12%
Visited a website about election issues 13%   16% 12% 20% 13%
Been surveyed on the phone 12%   14% 14% 7% 16%
Had a phone call from a political party 11%   13% 11% 12% 11%
Been approached in the street by party workers handing out material 9%   10% 12% 8% 6%
Been door-knocked by a political party 5%   6% 7% 2% 4%
Been door-knocked by another group (e.g. union, interest group) 4%   6% 4% 3% 3%

58% say they have seen TV ads about the election campaign and 49% have received campaign materials in their letterbox. 22% say they have watched a leaders debate.

Only 5% say they have been door-knocked by a political party and 9% have been approached by party workers in the street.

Opinion of Malcolm Turnbull

Jun 7, 2016

Q. Over the last few weeks, from what you have read or heard about the election campaign, has your opinion of the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull become more favourable or less favourable?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Become more favourable 7%   6% 12% 3% 2%
Become less favourable 33%   51% 19% 39% 43%
Hasn’t changed 54%   39% 65% 54% 54%
Don’t know 6%   3% 3% 4% 1%

33% say they have become less favourable toward Malcolm Turnbull over the last few weeks and 7% say they have become more favourable.

While most (65%) Liberal voters say they have not changed their opinion, 19% say they have become less favourable.

Opinion of Bill Shorten

Jun 7, 2016

Q. Over the last few weeks, from what you have read or heard about the election campaign, has your opinion of the opposition leader Bill Shorten become more favourable or less favourable?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Become more favourable 20%   42% 7% 24% 13%
Become less favourable 21%   6% 39% 11% 29%
Hasn’t changed 53%   48% 52% 59% 57%
Don’t know 6%   5% 3% 6% 2%

20% say they have become more favourable toward Bill Shorten over the last few weeks and 21% say they have become less favourable.

42% of Labor voters have become more favourable and 6% less favourable.

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