Double dissolution

Apr 12, 2016

Q: The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced that he intends to recall Parliament in April to pass legislation to re-establish the ABCC (Australian Building and Construction Commission). If the Senate rejects the bill to restore the ABCC, or the Senate fails to pass it, would you approve or disapprove the Government calling a double-dissolution election?

 
Total
 
Vote Labor
Vote Lib/Nat
Vote Greens
Vote other
 
Mar 2016
Total approve 39%   35% 57% 36% 30%   34%
Total disapprove 24%   34% 16% 33% 27%   22%
Strongly approve 13% 11% 20% 11% 11% 13%
Approve 26% 24% 37% 25% 19% 21%
Disapprove 16% 20% 14% 20% 17% 15%
Strongly disapprove 8% 14% 2% 13% 10% 7%
Don’t know 36% 31% 27% 31% 42%   44%

39% would approve of the Government calling a double dissolution election if the Senate fails to restore the ABCC and 24% oppose. 36% don’t have an opinion.

This represents a small increase in approval since this question was asked in March.

Balance of power in the Senate

Dec 2, 2014

Q. The balance of power in the Senate is now held by micro parties such as Palmer United Party, Family First, Liberal Democrats, Motor Enthusiasts Party and independents. Is this good or bad for democracy?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Good for democracy

37%

49%

23%

54%

58%

Bad for democracy

29%

19%

50%

20%

15%

Makes no difference

18%

18%

16%

10%

22%

Don’t know

17%

13%

12%

16%

5%

37% said that having the balance of power in the Senate held by micro parties is good for democracy and 29% think it is bad.

A majority of Greens and other voters think it is good while 50% of Liberal/National voters think it is bad.

When a similar question about PUP holding the balance of power was asked in July, results were similar – 36% thought it was good and 28% bad.

The Senate

Jul 22, 2014

Q. 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

Vote other

 

May 2013

The Government also has a majority in the Senate

31%

16%

62%

6%

14%

32%

The Opposition has a majority in the Senate

10%

17%

5%

16%

8%

8%

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

24%

29%

9%

52%

48%

25%

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

8%

9%

4%

5%

10%

7%

Don’t know

27%

28%

19%

20%

21%

28%

31% think that the Government should also have a majority in the Senate while 24% think the independents and minor parties should hold the balance of power. 10% think the Opposition should have a majority. These figures have changed little since this question was asked in May last year.

Liberal/National voters were much more likely to favour the Government having a majority in the Senate (62%) while Greens (52%) and Others (48%) were more likely to favour the independents and minor parties holding the balance of power.

Palmer United Party

Apr 15, 2014

Q. The Palmer United Party will hold the balance of power in the new Senate.  Do you think the election of the Palmer United Party candidates to the Senate will be good or bad for democracy?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Good for democracy

27%

27%

22%

22%

62%

Bad for democracy

32%

29%

41%

42%

13%

Makes no difference

19%

20%

19%

19%

13%

Don’t know

22%

24%

18%

17%

12%

27% of respondents think the election of the Palmer United Party candidates to the Senate will be good for democracy and 32% think it will be bad for democracy.

Those more likely to think it will be good for democracy were voters for other parties or independents (62%), those who had not completed secondary education (35%) and residents of Queensland (38%).

Those more likely to think it will be bad for democracy were Liberal/National voters (41%), Greens voters (42%), aged 55+ (44%) and residents of NSW (38%).

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.

Better or worse Government

Sep 16, 2013

Q. After the election the Coalition Government will not have a majority in the Senate – they will need the support of the minor parties and independents to pass legislation. Do you think this will result in a better or worse Government for Australia?

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Other party/ Independent

Total better

44%

53%

32%

62%

59%

Total worse

30%

24%

44%

20%

11%

A lot better

18%

25%

9%

26%

33%

A little better

26%

28%

23%

36%

26%

A little worse

16%

10%

24%

14%

6%

A lot worse

14%

14%

20%

6%

5%

Make no difference

10%

10%

8%

8%

18%

Don’t know

16%

13%

16%

9%

12%

44% think that better Government will result from the Coalition needing the support of minor parties and independents in the Senate while 30% think it will result in worse Government.

A majority of Labor, Greens and other voters think it will result in better Government while 44% of Liberal/National voters think it will result in worse Government.

Assange for the Senate

Apr 15, 2013

Q. Julian Assange, has announced he will run for the Senate in Victoria in the next Federal election and will also run candidates in other states. How likely would Julian Assange be to make a positive contribution to Federal Parliament?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Very likely

12%

13%

9%

21%

Somewhat likely

20%

24%

18%

40%

Not very likely

25%

25%

27%

18%

Not at all likely

25%

25%

31%

15%

Don’t know

17%

13%

16%

7%

32% think it is very or somewhat likely that Julian Assange would make a positive contribution to Federal Parliament.

Those most likely to think he would make a positive contribution were men (38%), aged 25-44 (42%) and Greens voters (61%).

58% of those who had read or heard a lot about Julian Assange, and 42% of those who had read or heard some thought it was likely he would make a positive contribution to Parliament.

Approval of Bob Brown

Apr 23, 2012

Q. Last week Bob Brown resigned from Parliament and the leadership of the Greens, after 16 years as a member of the Senate. Do you approve or disapprove of the performance of Bob Brown over his 16 years in Parliament?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total approve

42%

60%

24%

89%

Total disapprove

34%

15%

56%

1%

Strongly approve

9%

14%

3%

38%

Approve

33%

46%

21%

51%

Disapprove

19%

13%

29%

1%

Strongly disapprove

15%

2%

27%

Don’t know

24%

25%

20%

10

42% approve the performance of Bob Brown over his 16 years in Parliament and 34% disapprove. A majority of Greens voters (89%) and Labor voters (60%) approve but 56% of Liberal/National voters disapprove.

Men split 40% approve/41% disapprove compared to women 43% approve/28% disapprove.

By age group, approval/disapproval was 46%/21% for under 35’s, 43%/31% for 35-54’s and 35%/56% for 55+.

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