Independents and Greens holding Balance of Power

Oct 10, 2011

Q. Do you think the independents and Greens holding the balance of power in Parliament has been good or bad for Australia?

7 Mar 11 6 Jun 2011 Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total good 27% 28% 22% 32% 9% 72%
Total bad 41% 39% 50% 30% 76% 7%
Very good 7% 9% 5% 8% 1% 30%
Good 20% 19% 17% 24% 8% 42%
Neither good nor bad 33% 33% 28% 38% 15% 21%
Bad 22% 21% 23% 22% 27% 5%
Very bad 19% 18% 27% 8% 49% 2%

The majority of respondents seem to regard the independents and the Greens holding the balance of power in Parliament as bad for Australia (50% bad), whilst 22% regard it is good for the country.

Enthusiasm for the independents and the Greens in federal Parliament fell 6 points since last polled in June 2011, from 28% to 22% of respondents regarding it as good for the country.

At the same time, disdain for the situation has risen considerably since June 2011: from 39% to 50% this time around.

Labor voters are almost equally split on the issue of the independents and Greens holding the balance of power, with 32% regarding it to be a good thing, and 30% viewing it as bad.

Lib/Nat voters are the most likely to regard the situation as bad (76%), whereas Greens voters are by far the most likely to regard it as good (72%).

Respondents aged 18-24 (38%) and 25-34 (33%) were significantly more likely to regard the situation as good.

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Balance of Power

Mar 7, 2011

Q. Do you think the independents and Greens holding the balance of power in Parliament has been good or bad for Australia?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total good 27% 33% 12% 83%
Total bad 41% 25% 66% 2%
Very good 7% 8% 1% 34%
Good 20% 25% 11% 49%
Neither good nor bad 33% 41% 22% 15%
Bad 22% 18% 29% 2%
Very bad 19% 7% 37%

27% think that the independents and Greens holding the balance of power in Parliament has been good for Australia and 41% think it has been bad.

Greens voters overwhelmingly think it has been good (83%) while two-thirds of Coalition voters think it has been bad. Labor voters are somewhat split – 33% good/25% bad/41% neither. Older respondents were more likely to think it was bad – those aged under 35 split 32% good/29% bad while those aged 55+ split 21% good/52% bad.

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