Public funding of political parties

Jun 11, 2013

Q. Currently political parties and candidates receive public funding for election campaigning based on their votes at elections. They can also receive funding in the form of donations from individuals, organisations (including unions) and businesses. There is no limit on donations but amounts of more than $12,000 must be publically disclosed.

Do you think political parties and candidates should receive some public funding or should they be totally funded by donations?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Should receive some public funding

29%

33%

27%

51%

Should be totally funded by donations

47%

41%

53%

35%

Don’t know

23%

26%

20%

14%

29% agree that political parties and candidates should receive some public funding and 47% think they should be totally funded by donations.

Those most likely to support some public funding were Greens voters (51%), men (35%), aged 18-34 (34%) and people on incomes over $1,600pw (37%).

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