Senate – balance of power

Oct 22, 2013

Q. Clive Palmer’s Palmer United Party now has the balance of power in the Senate.

With this in mind, do you think the election of micro parties in the Senate – such as Palmer United Party, Family First, Liberal Democrats, Motor Enthusiasts Party, Australian Sports Party – is good or bad for democracy?

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Good for democracy

36%

41%

28%

35%

Bad for democracy

26%

23%

38%

19%

Makes no difference

17%

18%

18%

19%

Don’t know

20%

19%

16%

27%

36% think that the election of micro parties to the Senate is good for democracy and 26% think it is bad. 17% think it makes no difference. Labor voters are more likely to think it is good (41%) while Liberal/National voters are more likely to think it is bad (38%).

44% of high income earners ($1,600+ pw) think it is good as do 45% of Queenslanders.