Better or worse off with stronger unions

Feb 4, 2014

Q. Overall, would workers be better off or worse off if unions in Australia were stronger?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Work full time

Work part time

 

10 Sep 12

20 May 13

Total better off

45%

65%

25%

65%

45%

45%

47%

39%

43%

Total worse off

27%

13%

46%

6%

25%

28%

24%

30%

29%

A lot better off

21%

32%

9%

31%

20%

21%

22%

13%

14%

A little better off

24%

33%

16%

34%

25%

24%

25%

26%

29%

A little worse off

11%

6%

17%

2%

7%

10%

11%

15%

14%

A lot worse off

16%

7%

29%

4%

18%

18%

13%

15%

15%

Make no difference

13%

11%

17%

10%

14%

16%

12%

15%

12%

Don’t know

15%

11%

12%

18%

16%

11%

18%

15%

14%

The perception that workers would be better off with stronger unions has increased a little since this question was asked in May last year. 45% (up 2%) felt that workers would be better off if unions in Australia were stronger and 27% (down 2%) that believed workers would be worse off.

By voting intention, 65% of Labor voters and 65% of Greens voters believed that workers would be better off while Coalition voters were by far the most likely to believe that workers would be worse off (46%).