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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Party Interests – Labor Party

Jul 4, 2011

Q. Do you think the Labor Party is more concerned about the interests of big business or voters – or do they balance the interests of both?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
More concerned about big business 33% 18% 41% 30%
More concerned about voters 22% 18% 29% 20%
Balance interests of both 23% 50% 10% 27%
Don’t know 22% 14% 20% 23%

33% think the Labor Party are more concerned about the interests of big business and 22% think they are more concerned about voters’ interests. 23% think they balance the interests of both.

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Party Interests – Liberal Party

Jul 4, 2011

Q. Do you think the Liberal Party is more concerned about the interests of big business or voters – or do they balance the interests of both?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
More concerned about big business 41% 68% 18% 67%
More concerned about voters 13% 8% 20% 3%
Balance interests of both 30% 8% 56% 11%
Don’t know 15% 16% 7% 19%

41% think the Liberal Party are more concerned about the interests of big business and 13% think they are more concerned about voters’ interests. 30% think they balance the interests of both.

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Interests Represented by Parties

May 30, 2011

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

Labor Liberal Greens Don’t know
Families with young children 34% 31% 5% 29%
Students 30% 28% 10% 33%
Working people on average incomes 40% 32% 5% 23%
Working people on low incomes 43% 27% 6% 24%
Working people on high incomes 13% 63% 2% 22%
People on welfare 38% 23% 8% 30%
Pensioners 33% 28% 5% 34%
Small businesses and self-employed 20% 47% 4% 29%
Big business 13% 62% 2% 23%
The next generation of Australians 19% 31% 17% 33%
Indigenous people 23% 21% 16% 40%
Ethnic communities 22% 21% 15% 42%
Rural and regional Australians 18% 34% 11% 36%

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

There was little difference between the major parties in terms of representing the interests of families with young children, students, indigenous people and ethnic communities.

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On-line Purchasing – Reasons

Jan 17, 2011

If bought online in last 12 months –

Q. How important are the following as reasons for you buying online?

Very important Quite important A little important Not important Don’t know
Cheaper price 60% 29% 9% 2% 1%
More choice 45% 35% 15% 4% 1%
More convenient 50% 32% 13% 4% 1%

* Note – percentages are based on the respondents who said they bought online in the last 12 months.

60% said the cheaper price was very important in their decision to buy online, 50% said convenience was very important and 45% choice.

Of those who bought online more than six times, 66% say price is very important, 63% convenience and 56% choice.

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On-line Purchasing Behaviour

Jan 17, 2011

Q. In the last 12 months, have you ever looked at items or products in a store, then bought it on line?

Q. In the last 12 months, have you ever looked at items or products on line, then bought it at a store (i.e. an actual shop or store, not an “online store”)?

Looked at store, bought on-line 49%
Looked on-line, bought at store 61%

49% of all respondents said they had looked at products in a store, then bought online – while 61% said they had looked online, then bought at a store.

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GST on On-line Purchasing

Jan 17, 2011

Q. Currently GST is not charged on on-line purchases of less than $1,000 from overseas companies.  Would you approve or disapprove GST being applied to on-line purchases of less than $1,000 from overseas companies?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total approve 18% 17% 22% 19%
Total disapprove 71% 74% 67% 73%
Strongly approve 6% 8% 6% 5%
Approve 12% 9% 16% 14%
Disapprove 23% 22% 25% 19%
Strongly disapprove 48% 52% 42% 54%
Don’t know 11% 9% 11% 8%

71% disapprove of GST being applied to on-line purchases of less than $1,000 from overseas companies and 18% approve.

Strongest disapproval is shown by women (74%), Labor voters (74%), Greens voters (73%) and age groups 35-44 (77%) and 25-34 (74%).

74% of online shoppers disapprove and 17% approve – while for those who buy online more often (more than six times a year) 80% disapprove and 12% approve.

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Government decision making

Jan 17, 2011

Q. Governments often need to consider the interests of a number of stakeholders when making decisions, including those of corporate interests. In general, do you think when governments make decisions, they –

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total favour corporate interests 60% 64% 55% 76%
Total favour voter interests 9% 4% 14% 2%
Very strongly favour corporate interests 26% 27% 20% 40%
Somewhat favour corporate interests 34% 37% 35% 36%
Balance the interests of voters and corporate interests 19% 21% 22% 15%
Somewhat favour the interests of voters 5% 2% 9%
Very strongly favour the interests of voters 4% 2% 5% 2%
Don’t know 12% 12% 8% 6%

60% of respondents think that governments in general make decisions in favour of corporate interests. 9% think they make decisions in favour of voter interests and 19% think they balance the interests of voters and corporations.

By gender – men split 56% corporate interests, 12% voters interests, 24% balanced and women 65% corporate, 4% voters, 15% balanced.

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