Liberal Party and WorkChoices

Aug 18, 2015

Q. How likely do you think it is that Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party would try to bring back industrial laws similar to WorkChoices? 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other   Work full time Work part time   May 2013
Total likely 44% 65% 30% 60% 54% 46% 41% 51%
Total unlikely 26% 16% 41% 21% 25% 29% 21% 27%
Very likely 20% 36% 7% 42% 19% 18% 17% 26%
Quite likely 24% 29% 23% 18% 35% 28% 24% 25%
Not very likely 17% 10% 28% 13% 14% 18% 17% 16%
Not at all likely 9% 6% 13% 8% 11% 11% 4% 11%
Don’t know 29% 19% 29% 19% 21% 25% 37% 23%

44% think it likely that Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party would try to bring back industrial laws similar to WorkChoices and 26% think it unlikely.

Since this question was asked in May 2013 (before the election of the Abbott Government), those thinking it likely has dropped from 51% to 44% – mostly due to an increase in “don’t know” from 23% to 29%.

Concern about Liberals Bringing Back WorkChoices

Aug 18, 2015

Q. If the Liberal Government reintroduced WorkChoices or similar laws, how concerned would you be?    

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other   Work full time Work part time   May 2013
Total very/quite concerned 41% 64% 22% 67% 47% 43% 44% 41%
Very concerned 24% 44% 7% 46% 27% 24% 22% 26%
Quite concerned 17% 20% 15% 21% 20% 19% 22% 15%
A little concerned 18% 15% 24% 7% 26% 22% 17% 17%
Not concerned 19% 5% 40% 7% 17% 20% 13% 27%
Don’t know 21% 16% 15% 19% 11% 14% 26% 14%

41% said they would be very or quite concerned if the Liberal Government reintroduced WorkChoices or similar laws and 37% said they would be only a little or not concerned. These results are almost identical to those from when the question was asked in May 2013.

Liberal Party and WorkChoices

May 20, 2013

Q. If they won the next election, how likely do you think it would be that Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party would try to bring back industrial laws similar to WorkChoices?

 

31 May 10

12
July

21
Nov
11

23
Jul
12

3
Sept

18
Mar
13

 

Total 20 May

Vote
ALP

Vote
Lib

Vote Greens

Work full
time

Work part time

Total likely

58%

56%

51%

53%

51%

48%

51%

78%

28%

84%

50%

47%

Total unlikely

21%

24%

27%

22%

25%

28%

27%

9%

48%

7%

29%

25%

Very likely

28%

26%

22%

26%

23%

25%

26%

49%

5%

57%

25%

19%

Quite likely

30%

30%

29%

27%

28%

23%

25%

29%

23%

27%

25%

28%

Not very likely

18%

18%

19%

16%

18%

19%

16%

5%

29%

7%

18%

14%

Not at all likely

3%

6%

8%

6%

7%

9%

11%

4%

19%

11%

11%

Don’t know

20%

20%

22%

26%

24%

25%

23%

12%

24%

9%

22%

28%

Respondents were a little more likely to think that Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party would try to bring back industrial laws similar to WorkChoices than when a similar question was asked in March. 51% (up 3%) think it is likely that Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party would try to bring back industrial laws similar to WorkChoices if they won the next election and 27% (down 1%) think it is unlikely.

78% (up 11%) of Labor voters and 84% (up 17%) of Greens voters think it is likely, while Liberal/National voters split 28% likely (down 3%) to 48% unlikely (up 4%).

Concern about Liberals bringing back WorkChoices

May 20, 2013

Q. If the Liberals won the election and reintroduced WorkChoices or similar laws, how concerned would you be?  

 

31 May 10

12 July

21 Nov 11

23 Jul 12

3
Sep

18 Mar 13

Total 20 May

Vote Labor

Vote Lib

Vote Greens

Work full time

Work part time

Very concerned

28%

29%

26%

30%

27%

27%

26%

50%

5%

62%

25%

24%

Quite concerned

17%

19%

15%

16%

15%

16%

15%

22%

12%

15%

16%

13%

A little concerned

20%

16%

20%

15%

19%

17%

17%

12%

22%

5%

20%

18%

Not concerned

24%

25%

27%

26%

26%

25%

27%

8%

48%

13%

27%

25%

Don’t know

11%

11%

11%

14%

13%

15%

14%

8%

14%

4%

11%

19%

Concern about the re-introduction of WorkChoices has not changed significantly since this question was last asked in March. 41% (down 2%) would be quite or very concerned if WorkChoices or similar laws were re-introduced and 44% (up 2%) were only a little or not concerned.

72% of Labor voters and 77% of Greens voters would be concerned. 70% of Liberal/National voters would be a little/not concerned and 17% concerned.  41% of full-time workers and 37% of part-time workers said they would be very/quite concerned.

45% of those aged 25-64 said they would be very/quite concerned.

Liberal Party and WorkChoices

Mar 18, 2013

Q. If they won the next election, how likely do you think it would be that Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party would try to bring back industrial laws similar to WorkChoices?

 

31
May
10

12
July
10

21
Nov
11

23
Jul
12

3
Sept
12

Total
18
Mar
13

Vote
ALP

Vote
Lib

Vote Greens

Work full
time

Work part time

Total likely

58%

56%

51%

53%

51%

48%

67%

31%

67%

48%

49%

Total unlikely

21%

24%

27%

22%

25%

28%

17%

44%

10%

31%

20%

Very likely

28%

26%

22%

26%

23%

25%

45%

7%

42%

27%

22%

Quite likely

30%

30%

29%

27%

28%

23%

22%

24%

25%

21%

27%

Not very likely

18%

18%

19%

16%

18%

19%

12%

31%

8%

22%

12%

Not at all likely

3%

6%

8%

6%

7%

9%

5%

13%

2%

9%

8%

Don’t know

20%

20%

22%

26%

24%

25%

15%

26%

23%

21%

31%

Respondents were a little less likely to think that Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party would try to bring back industrial laws similar to WorkChoices than when a similar question was asked in September. 48% (down 3%) think it is likely that Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party would try to bring back industrial laws similar to WorkChoices if they won the next election and 28% (up 3%) think it is unlikely.

67% (down 7%) of Labor voters and 67% (down 1%) of Greens voters think it is likely, while Liberal/National voters are split 31% likely (down 2%) to 44% unlikely (up 1%).

Concern about Liberals bringing back WorkChoices

Mar 18, 2013

Q. If the Liberals won the election and reintroduced WorkChoices or similar laws, how concerned would you be?

 

31
May
10

12
July
10

21
Nov
11

23
Jul
12

3
Sep
12

Total 18
Mar
13

Vote
ALP

Vote
Lib

Vote Greens

Work full
time

Work part time

Very concerned

28%

29%

26%

30%

27%

27%

48%

6%

48%

30%

29%

Quite concerned

17%

19%

15%

16%

15%

16%

24%

10%

25%

17%

23%

A little concerned

20%

16%

20%

15%

19%

17%

14%

21%

8%

17%

17%

Not concerned

24%

25%

27%

26%

26%

25%

4%

50%

3%

23%

15%

Don’t know

11%

11%

11%

14%

13%

15%

10%

12%

16%

13%

17%

Concern about the re-introduction of WorkChoices has not changed significantly since this question was last asked in September. 43% (up 1%) would be quite or very concerned if WorkChoices or similar laws were re-introduced and 42% (down 3%) were only a little or not concerned.

72% of Labor voters and 73% of Greens voters would be concerned. 71% of Liberal/National voters would be a little/not concerned and 16% concerned.  47% of full-time workers and 52% of part-time workers said they would be very/quite concerned.

52% of those aged 45-54 said they would be very/quite concerned.

Liberal Party and WorkChoices

Sep 3, 2012

Q. If they won the next election, how likely do you think it would be that Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party would try to bring back industrial laws similar to WorkChoices?

 

31 May 10

12 July 10

21 Nov 11

23 Jul 12

Total

3 Sept 12

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Work full time

Work part time

Total likely

58%

56%

51%

53%

51%

74%

33%

68%

50%

55%

Total unlikely

21%

24%

27%

22%

25%

12%

43%

11%

28%

21%

Very likely

28%

26%

22%

26%

23%

47%

5%

32%

19%

21%

Quite likely

30%

30%

29%

27%

28%

27%

28%

36%

31%

34%

Not very likely

18%

18%

19%

16%

18%

10%

30%

8%

21%

16%

Not at all likely

3%

6%

8%

6%

7%

2%

13%

3%

7%

5%

Don’t know

20%

20%

22%

26%

24%

14%

24%

22%

23%

24%

Respondents were a little less likely to think that Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party would try to bring back industrial laws similar to WorkChoices than when a similar question was asked in July. 51% (down 2%) think it is likely that Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party would try to bring back industrial laws similar to WorkChoices if they won the next election and 25% (up 3%) think it is unlikely.

74% of Labor voters and 68% of Greens voters think it is likely, while Liberal/National voters are split 33% likely (down 7%) to 43% unlikely (up 9%).

Concern about Liberals Bringing Back WorkChoices

Sep 3, 2012

Q. If the Liberals won the election and reintroduced WorkChoices or similar laws, how concerned would you be?  

 

31 May 10

12 July 10

21 Nov 11

23 Jul 12

Total

3 Sept 12

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Work full time

Work part time

Very concerned

28%

29%

26%

30%

27%

51%

6%

39%

24%

32%

Quite concerned

17%

19%

15%

16%

15%

20%

12%

21%

18%

12%

A little concerned

20%

16%

20%

15%

19%

16%

23%

16%

20%

24%

Not concerned

24%

25%

27%

26%

26%

5%

50%

4%

29%

19%

Don’t know

11%

11%

11%

14%

13%

8%

8%

20%

9%

12%

Respondents were also a little less concerned about the re-introduction of WorkChoices than in July. 42% (down 4%) would be quite or very concerned if WorkChoices or similar laws were re-introduced and 45% (up 4%) were only a little or not concerned.

71% of Labor voters and 60% of Greens voters would be concerned. 73% of Liberal/National voters would be a little/not concerned and 18% concerned.  42% of full-time workers and 44% of part-time workers said they would be very/quite concerned.

49% of those aged 45-64 said they would be very/quite concerned.

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