The Senate

May 13, 2013

Q. Now thinking about the Senate, which of the following do you think would provide the best Government for Australia?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

The Government also has a majority in the Senate

32%

36%

39%

18%

The Opposition has a majority in the Senate

8%

6%

11%

3%

The independents and minor parties hold the balance of power in the Senate

25%

31%

15%

54%

It doesn’t matter who has control or balance of power in the Senate

7%

4%

8%

3%

Don’t know

28%

23%

27%

23%

32% think that the Government should also have a majority in the Senate while 25% think the independents and minor parties hold the balance of power. 8% think the Opposition should have a majority.

Liberal/National voters were a little more likely to favour the Government having a majority in the Senate (39%) while Greens (54%) and Labor (31%) were more likely to favour the independents and minor parties holding the balance of power.