Composition of Parliament

Sep 19, 2011

Q. Thinking about the Federal Government, which of the following scenarios would you prefer –

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Green
One of the major parties having a majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate 36% 36% 49% 7%
One of the major parties having a majority in the House of Representatives and the other having a majority in the Senate 21% 16% 27% 10%
One of the major parties having a majority in the House of Representatives and the Greens having the balance of power in the Senate 16% 22% 4% 63%
Don’t know 28% 26% 21% 19%

Most respondents think that ‘one of the major parties having a majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate’ is preferable (36%).  Lib/Nat voters are the most likely to prefer this scenario (49%) and Greens voters the least likely to do so (7%).  Male respondents were also more likely to prefer this scenario (40%) than female respondents (32%).

Respondents then selected ‘one of the major parties having a majority in the House of Representatives and the other having a majority in the Senate’ as their next preferred scenario (21%).  Lib/Nat voters are the most likely to regard this scenario as preferable (27%).

The least favoured option amongst respondents is ‘one of the major parties having a majority in the House of Representatives and the Greens having the balance of power in the Senate’, with 16% selecting this option.  Greens voters are the most likely to regard this option as the most preferable (63%).