Importance of Unions

Sep 10, 2012

Q. And how important are unions for Australian working people today?

 

19 Mar 2012

This week 10 Sept 12

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Work full time

Work part time

Total Important

56%

52%

72%

34%

82%

52%

56%

Total Not Important

35%

38%

21%

58%

11%

42%

33%

Very important

19%

16%

28%

6%

37%

19%

15%

Quite important

37%

36%

44%

28%

45%

33%

41%

Not very important

27%

28%

19%

40%

9%

31%

25%

Not at all important

8%

10%

2%

18%

2%

11%

8%

Don’t know

9%

10%

6%

8%

7%

6%

10%

The majority of respondents regarded unions to be important for Australian working people today (52%), whilst 38% believe that they were not important.  Belief that they are important fell 4 points from 56% in March 2012 to 52% in this week’s results.

Greens voters were by far the most likely to believe that unions were important for Australian working people today (82%), whilst Coalition voters were the most likely to regard unions as not important (58%).

Both the majority of full time workers (52%) and part time workers (56%) regarded unions as important for Australian working people today.  However full time workers (42%) were more likely than part time workers (33%) to regard unions as not important.