Importance of unions

Dec 10, 2013

Q. How important are unions for Australian working people today?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/

indep-endent

 

19 Mar 12

10 Sep 12

20 May 13

Total important

57%

78%

37%

82%

51%

56%

52%

56%

Total not Important

34%

14%

56%

11%

38%

35%

38%

36%

Very important

22%

38%

6%

43%

20%

19%

16%

21%

Quite important

35%

40%

31%

39%

31%

37%

36%

35%

Not very important

22%

12%

33%

9%

25%

27%

28%

24%

Not at all important

12%

2%

23%

2%

13%

8%

10%

12%

Don’t know

9%

8%

7%

8%

11%

9%

10%

8%

The majority of respondents regarded unions to be important for Australian working people today (57%), whilst 34% believe that they were not important.  These results have changed little since this question was asked in May.

78% of Labor voters and 82% of Greens voters believed that unions were important for Australian working people today, while Coalition voters were the most likely to regard unions as not important (56%).

The majority of full time workers (55%) and part time workers (65%) regarded unions as important for Australian working people today.

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