Importance of unions

Feb 4, 2014

Q. How important are unions for Australian working people today?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Work full time

Work part time

 

19 Mar 12

10 Sep 12

20 May 13

10 Dec 13

Total important

61%

79%

44%

87%

60%

60%

72%

56%

52%

56%

57%

Total not Important

30%

17%

50%

8%

27%

34%

21%

35%

38%

36%

34%

Very important

27%

42%

11%

48%

25%

26%

31%

19%

16%

21%

22%

Quite important

34%

37%

33%

39%

35%

34%

41%

37%

36%

35%

35%

Not very important

21%

14%

33%

8%

18%

24%

14%

27%

28%

24%

22%

Not at all important

9%

3%

17%

9%

10%

7%

8%

10%

12%

12%

Don’t know

8%

5%

5%

5%

13%

5%

7%

9%

10%

8%

9%

The majority of respondents regarded unions to be important for Australian working people today (61%), whilst 30% believe that they were not important.  These results represent an increase in importance of unions since this question was asked in December – from net +23 to +31.

79% of Labor voters and 87% of Greens voters believed that unions were important for Australian working people today, while Coalition voters were the most likely to regard unions as not important (50%).

The majority of full time workers (60% – up 5%) and part time workers (72% – up 7%) regarded unions as important for Australian working people today.

Importance of unions

Dec 10, 2013

Q. How important are unions for Australian working people today?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/

indep-endent

 

19 Mar 12

10 Sep 12

20 May 13

Total important

57%

78%

37%

82%

51%

56%

52%

56%

Total not Important

34%

14%

56%

11%

38%

35%

38%

36%

Very important

22%

38%

6%

43%

20%

19%

16%

21%

Quite important

35%

40%

31%

39%

31%

37%

36%

35%

Not very important

22%

12%

33%

9%

25%

27%

28%

24%

Not at all important

12%

2%

23%

2%

13%

8%

10%

12%

Don’t know

9%

8%

7%

8%

11%

9%

10%

8%

The majority of respondents regarded unions to be important for Australian working people today (57%), whilst 34% believe that they were not important.  These results have changed little since this question was asked in May.

78% of Labor voters and 82% of Greens voters believed that unions were important for Australian working people today, while Coalition voters were the most likely to regard unions as not important (56%).

The majority of full time workers (55%) and part time workers (65%) regarded unions as important for Australian working people today.

Importance of unions

May 20, 2013

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

 

19 Mar 2012

10 Sept 12

Total

20 May 13

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Work full time

Work part time

Total important

56%

52%

56%

80%

38%

70%

54%

57%

Total not Important

35%

38%

36%

12%

59%

23%

39%

36%

Very important

19%

16%

21%

35%

8%

38%

18%

26%

Quite important

37%

36%

35%

45%

30%

32%

36%

31%

Not very important

27%

28%

24%

11%

36%

18%

25%

27%

Not at all important

8%

10%

12%

1%

23%

5%

14%

9%

Don’t know

9%

10%

8%

7%

3%

7%

7%

7%

The majority of respondents regarded unions to be important for Australian working people today (56%), whilst 36% believe that they were not important.  Belief that they are important increased 4 points from 52% in September 2012 to 56% in this week’s results.

80% of Labor voters and 70% of Greens voters believed that unions were important for Australian working people today, while Coalition voters were the most likely to regard unions as not important (59%).

The majority of full time workers (54%) and part time workers (57%) regarded unions as important for Australian working people today.

 

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.

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