Interests Represented by Parties

Nov 14, 2011

Q. Which political party do you think best represents the interests of –

Labor Liberal Greens Don’t know Net (Labor-

Liberal

Net

May 11

Families with young children 42% 31% 5% 23% +11 +3
Students 36% 26% 12% 27% +10 +2
Working people on average incomes 44% 33% 5% 18% +11 +8
Working people on low incomes 50% 25% 6% 19% +25 +16
Working people on high incomes 13% 67% 2% 18% -54 -50
People on welfare 46% 20% 9% 26% +26 +15
Pensioners 39% 27% 7% 27% +12 +5
Small businesses and self-employed 22% 51% 3% 24% -29 -27
Big business 11% 68% 1% 19% -57 -49
The next generation of Australians 21% 32% 17% 30% -11 -12
Indigenous people 28% 17% 19% 36% +11 +2
Ethnic communities 27% 19% 15% 39% +8 +1
Rural and regional Australians 22% 35% 12% 31% -13 -16

The Labor Party is considered the party which best represents the interests of families with young children, students, working people on low and average incomes, people on welfare and pensioners. The Liberal Party is considered substantially better at representing the interests of people on high incomes, big business and small business and self-employed. The Greens’ main strengths are in representing the next generation, indigenous people and ethnic communities.

Since this question was last asked in May, the Labor Party has considerably improved its position on representing the interests of families with young children, students, people on low incomes and people on welfare. The perception that the Liberal Party best represents the interest of big business has increased.

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Federal politics – voting intention

Nov 7, 2011

Q. If a Federal Election was held today to which party will you probably give your first preference vote? If not sure, which party are you currently leaning toward?

Q. If don’t know -Well which party are you currently leaning to?

Sample size = 1,906 respondents

First preference/leaning to Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago 2 weeks ago Last week This week
Liberal 45% 45% 44% 43%
National 3% 3% 3% 3%
Total Lib/Nat 43.6% 48% 48% 47% 46%
Labor 38.0% 33% 32% 34% 35%
Greens 11.8% 10% 11% 10% 9%
Other/Independent 6.6% 9% 8% 9% 9%
2PP Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago 2 weeks ago Last week This week
Total Lib/Nat 49.9% 55% 55% 55% 54%
Labor 50.1% 45% 45% 45% 46%

NB.  The data in the above tables comprise 2-week averages derived from the first preference/leaning to voting questions.  Respondents who select ‘don’t know’ are not included in the results.  The two-party preferred estimate is calculated by distributing the votes of the other parties according to their preferences at the 2010 election.

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Approval of Parties to Qantas Dispute

Nov 7, 2011

Q. Did you approve or disapprove of the performance of each of the following in the Qantas dispute?

Regular air travellers
Total approve Total disapprove Strongly approve Approve Disapprove Strongly disapprove Don’t know Total approve Total disapprove
Julia Gillard and the Labor Government 30% 49% 6% 24% 22% 27% 20% 30% 56%
Tony Abbott and the opposition 27% 45% 5% 22% 21% 24% 28% 36% 45%
Qantas management 27% 57% 6% 21% 28% 29% 16% 37% 56%
Qantas workers 33% 49% 7% 26% 36% 13% 18% 35% 55%
The Qantas CEO Alan Joyce 28% 58% 8% 20% 22% 36% 14% 37% 55%
Union leaders 24% 56% 4% 20% 27% 29% 19% 26% 63%
Fair Work Australia 55% 21% 13% 42% 15% 6% 23% 62% 25%

Overall, respondents disapproved of the performance of all parties to the dispute except for Fair Work Australia, which was approved by 55%.

More than half the respondents disapproved of the Qantas CEO Alan Joyce (58%), Qantas management (57%) and union leaders (56%).

Regular air travellers were more likely to approve of Qantas management and CEO. However, more than half disapproved of all parties except for Tony Abbott and the opposition (45% disapprove) and Fair Work Australia (25%).

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Federal politics – voting intention

Oct 31, 2011

Q. If a Federal Election was held today to which party will you probably give your first preference vote? If not sure, which party are you currently leaning toward?

Q. If don’t know -Well which party are you currently leaning to?

Sample size = 1,899 respondents

First preference/leaning to Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago 2 weeks ago Last week This week
Liberal 45% 45% 45% 44%
National 3% 3% 3% 3%
Total Lib/Nat 43.6% 48% 48% 48% 47%
Labor 38.0% 33% 33% 32% 34%
Greens 11.8% 11% 11% 11% 10%
Other/Independent 6.6% 9% 8% 8% 9%
2PP Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago 2 weeks ago Last week This week
Total Lib/Nat 49.9% 55% 55% 55% 55%
Labor 50.1% 45% 45% 45% 45%

NB.  The data in the above tables comprise 2-week averages derived from the first preference/leaning to voting questions.  Respondents who select ‘don’t know’ are not included in the results.  The two-party preferred estimate is calculated by distributing the votes of the other parties according to their preferences at the 2010 election.

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Whether Opposition favours Businesses or Workers

Oct 31, 2011

Q. Do you think the Federal Liberal/National opposition parties favour the interests of businesses or workers?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total favour businesses 61% 79% 50% 73%
Total  favour workers 8% 5% 12% 5%
Favour businesses a lot more than workers 36% 63% 14% 57%
Favour businesses a little more than workers 25% 16% 36% 16%
Favour workers a little more than businesses 7% 4% 11% 4%
Favour workers a lot more than businesses 1% 1% 1% 1%
Balance the interests of businesses and workers 14% 3% 27% 4%
Don’t know 17% 12% 10% 19%

61% think that the Federal Opposition favours the interests of businesses, 8% think they favour the interests of workers and 14% think they balance their interests.

Labor voters think they favour businesses over workers by 79% to 5% and Greens voters are also much more likely to think they favour the interests of businesses (73%) over workers (5%).

Liberal /National voters are more likely to think they balance their interests (27%) – although 50% think they favour businesses’ interests and only 12% think they favour workers.

Men are more likely to think they favour the interests of businesses over workers by 66% to 9% compared to women 55% to 8%.

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Federal politics – voting intention

Oct 24, 2011

Q. If a Federal Election was held today to which party will you probably give your first preference vote? If not sure, which party are you currently leaning toward?

Q. If don’t know -Well which party are you currently leaning to?

Sample size = 1,888  respondents

First preference/leaning to Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago 2 weeks ago Last week This week
Liberal 46% 45% 45% 45%
National 3% 3% 3% 3%
Total Lib/Nat 43.6% 49% 48% 48% 48%
Labor 38.0% 32% 33% 33% 32%
Greens 11.8% 12% 10% 11% 11%
Other/Independent 6.6% 8% 9% 8% 8%
2PP Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago 2 weeks ago Last week This week
Total Lib/Nat 49.9% 56% 55% 55% 55%
Labor 50.1% 44% 45% 45% 45%

NB.  The data in the above tables comprise 2-week averages derived from the first preference/leaning to voting questions.  Respondents who select ‘don’t know’ are not included in the results.  The two-party preferred estimate is calculated by distributing the votes of the other parties according to their preferences at the 2010 election.

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Federal politics – voting intention

Oct 17, 2011

Q. If a Federal Election was held today to which party will you probably give your first preference vote? If not sure, which party are you currently leaning toward?

Q. If don’t know -Well which party are you currently leaning to?

Sample size = 1,905  respondents

First preference/leaning to Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago 2 weeks ago Last week This week
Liberal 46% 45% 45% 45%
National 3% 3% 3% 3%
Total Lib/Nat 43.6% 49% 48% 48% 48%
Labor 38.0% 32% 33% 33% 33%
Greens 11.8% 10% 11% 10% 11%
Other/Independent 6.6% 9% 9% 9% 8%
2PP Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago 2 weeks ago Last week This week
Total Lib/Nat 49.9% 56% 55% 55% 55%
Labor 50.1% 44% 45% 45% 45%

NB.  The data in the above tables comprise 2-week averages derived from the first preference/leaning to voting questions.  Respondents who select ‘don’t know’ are not included in the results.  The two-party preferred estimate is calculated by distributing the votes of the other parties according to their preferences at the 2010 election.

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Federal politics – voting intention

Oct 10, 2011

Q. If a Federal Election was held today to which party will you probably give your first preference vote? If not sure, which party are you currently leaning toward?

Q. If don’t know -Well which party are you currently leaning to?

Sample size = 1909  respondents

First preference/leaning to Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago 2 weeks ago Last week This week
Liberal 46% 46% 45% 45%
National 3% 3% 3% 3%
Total Lib/Nat 43.6% 49% 49% 48% 48%
Labor 38.0% 32% 32% 33% 33%
Greens 11.8% 10% 12% 11% 10%
Other/Independent 6.6% 10% 8% 9% 9%
2PP Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago 2 weeks ago Last week This week
Total Lib/Nat 49.9% 56% 56% 55% 55%
Labor 50.1% 44% 44% 45% 45%

NB.  The data in the above tables comprise 2-week averages derived from the first preference/leaning to voting questions.  Respondents who select ‘don’t know’ are not included in the results.  The two-party preferred estimate is calculated by distributing the votes of the other parties according to their preferences at the 2010 election.

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