Attributes of the Labor Party

May 23, 2017

Q. Here is a list of things both favourable and unfavourable that have been said about various political parties. Which statements do you feel fit the Labor Party?

  Total Change   Jul 2009 April 2011 Aug 2013 Nov 2015 Mar 2016 Jun 2016 Mar 2017
Will promise to do anything to win votes 61% -2   57% 72% 65% 64% 62% 64% 63%
Looks after the interests of working people 57% -4     39% 53% 55% 50% 56% 61%
Moderate 56% -2   65% 51% 48% 56% 47% 54% 58%
Has policies that lead to a fairer Australia 51%                
Understands the problems facing Australia 51% -1   62% 40% 50% 48% 43% 49% 52%
Divided 50% +1   30% 66% 66% 58% 54% 49% 49%
Have a vision for the future 49% -3     43% 49% 42% 40% 48% 52%
Out of touch with ordinary people 47% -3   44% 61% 51% 52% 53% 46% 50%
Have good policies 45% -5       46% 42% 38% 46% 50%
Clear about what they stand for 42% -5     28% 38% 37% 35% 43% 47%
Has a good team of leaders 38% -3   60% 34% 36% 33% 30% 39% 41%
Too close to the big corporate and financial interests 35% -5     46% 31% 37% 35% 35% 40%
Trustworthy 34% -1       30% 34% 29% 33% 35%
Keeps its promises 32% -2   44% 20% 27% 29% 28% 31% 34%
Extreme 28%   25% 38% 34% 30% 35% 30% 28%

The attributes most commonly associated with the Labor party were “will promise to do anything to win votes” (61%), “looks after the interests of working people” (57%), and “moderate” (56%). Those least commonly associated were “extreme” (28%), “keeps its promises” (32%) and “trustworthy” (34%).

The biggest changes since this question was last asked in March were “have good policies”, “clear about what they stand for” and “too close to the big corporate and financial interests”, all of which dropped by 5%.

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