Party Attributes Comparison – Labor vs Liberal

Sep 23, 2014
 

Labor

Liberal

 

Difference

Looks after the interests of working people

54%

31%

+23

Divided

54%

40%

+14

Moderate

54%

44%

+10

Have good policies

42%

39%

+3

Keeps its promises

29%

26%

+3

Understands the problems facing Australia

46%

44%

+2

Trustworthy

30%

28%

+2

Has a good team of leaders

33%

38%

-5

Will promise to do anything to win votes

62%

69%

-7

Have a vision for the future

42%

49%

-7

Clear about what they stand for

36%

46%

-10

Out of touch with ordinary people

51%

63%

-12

Extreme

27%

40%

-13

Too close to the big corporate and financial interests

36%

65%

-29

The Labor Party is viewed more favourably than the Liberal Party in terms of looking after the interest of working people, moderate, being too close to the big corporate and financial interests, extreme and out of touch with ordinary people.

The Liberal Party is seen more favourably in terms of being divided and clear about what they stand for.

Impact of Budget

May 20, 2013

Q. Do you think the Federal Budget was good or bad for you personally?

Q. Do you think the Federal Budget was good or bad for average working people?

Q. Do you think the Federal Budget was good or bad for Australian businesses?

Q. Do you think the Federal Budget was good or bad for the Australian economy overall?

 

You
personally

Working people

Australian
businesses

Economy
overall

 

10

11

12

13

12

13

10

11

12

13

10

11

12

13

Total good

22%

11%

17%

13%

31%

17%

27%

20%

10%

15%

36%

27%

26%

26%

Total bad

26%

29%

26%

36%

24%

40%

32%

25%

43%

33%

28%

29%

32%

34%

Very good

3%

2%

2%

2%

4%

2%

3%

3%

1%

2%

6%

4%

4%

5%

Good

19%

9%

15%

11%

27%

15%

24%

17%

9%

13%

30%

23%

22%

21%

Neither good
nor bad

33%

44%

44%

38%

33%

30%

9%

31%

29%

32%

10%

25%

25%

24%

Bad

18%

21%

17%

22%

19%

27%

22%

19%

28%

20%

18%

21%

21%

21%

Very bad

8%

8%

9%

14%

5%

13%

10%

6%

15%

13%

10%

8%

11%

13%

Don’t know

20%

16%

12%

12%

12%

12%

31%

23%

18%

19%

26%

20%

17%

15%

In terms of the economy overall, there was a similar response to the 2013 budget as to the last two year’s budgets. 26% (no change from last year) thought the budget was good for the economy and 34% (up 2%) thought it was bad.  56% of Labor voters thought the budget was good for the economy and 8% bad while only 8% of Liberal/national voters thought it was good and 56% bad.

38% of respondents thought the Federal budget was neither good nor bad for them personally – 13% (down 4% on last year) said it was good and 36% (up 10%) bad. 51% of those aged 55+ thought it was neither.

17% (down 14%) thought it was good for working people and 40% (up 16%) thought it was bad.

15% (up 5%) thought the budget was good for businesses, 33% (down 10%) bad and 32% said it was neither.

Party with Better Policies

Aug 6, 2012

Q. Which party do you think has the better policies for the following groups of people?

 

Labor Party

Liberal Party

No difference

Don’t know

Pensioners

32%

21%

30%

17%

Unemployed people

36%

18%

29%

17%

People with disabilities

32%

16%

30%

22%

Carers

30%

18%

30%

22%

People on low incomes

40%

18%

26%

16%

All working people

29%

30%

26%

15%

The Labor Party was thought to have better policies than the Liberal Party on all issues except “all working people” where both parties had similar ratings. In particular the Labor Party was thought to have better policies for people on low incomes (40% Labor/18% Liberal), unemployed people (36%/18%) and people with disabilities (32%/16%).

Of those aged 55+, 40% thought Labor had better policies for pensioners and 23% thought the Liberals had better policies.

30% think the Liberals have better policies for all working people and 29% think Labor has better policies. Full-time workers are more likely to think The Liberals have better policies (37% Liberal/24% Labor) which part-time workers are more likely to favour Labor (37% Labor/29% Liberal).

Attributes of the Labor Party

May 28, 2012

Q. Here is a list of things both favourable and unfavourable that have been said about various political parties. Which statements do you feel fit the Labor Party?

 

6 Jul 09

14 Mar 10

 

27 April 11

 

28 May 12

% change

Divided

30%

36%

66%

73%

+7%

Will promise to do anything to win votes

57%

63%

72%

70%

-2%

Out of touch with ordinary people

44%

48%

61%

58%

-3%

Moderate

65%

63%

51%

50%

-1%

Looks after the interests of working people

39%

47%

+8%

Understands the problems facing Australia

62%

54%

40%

46%

+6%

Have a vision for the future

43%

41%

-2%

Too close to the big corporate and financial interests

46%

36%

-10%

Extreme

25%

26%

38%

31%

-7%

Clear about what they stand for

28%

31%

+3%

Has a good team of leaders

60%

52%

34%

29%

-5%

Keeps its promises

44%

33%

20%

22%

+2%

The Labor Party’s main attributes were – divided (73%), will promise anything to win votes (70%), out of touch with ordinary people (58%) and moderate (50%).
Main changes since last April were – too close to the big corporate and financial interests (down 10% to 36%), looks after the interests of working people (up 8% to 47%), divided (up 7% to 73%), extreme (down 7% to 31%) and understands the problems facing Australia (up 6% to 46%).

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Impact of Budget

May 14, 2012

Q. Do you think the Federal Budget was good or bad for you personally?

Q. Do you think the Federal Budget was good or bad for average working people?

Q. Do you think the Federal Budget was good or bad for Australian businesses?

Q. Do you think the Federal Budget was good or bad for the Australian economy overall?

 

You personally

Working people

Australian businesses

Economy overall

 

2010

2011

2012

2012

2010

2011

2012

2010

2011

2012

Total good

22%

11%

17%

31%

27%

20%

10%

36%

27%

26%

Total bad

26%

29%

26%

24%

32%

25%

43%

28%

29%

32%

Very good

3%

2%

2%

4%

3%

3%

1%

6%

4%

4%

Good

19%

9%

15%

27%

24%

17%

9%

30%

23%

22%

Neither good nor bad

33%

44%

44%

33%

9%

31%

29%

10%

25%

25%

Bad

18%

21%

17%

19%

22%

19%

28%

18%

21%

21%

Very bad

8%

8%

9%

5%

10%

6%

15%

10%

8%

11%

Don’t know

20%

16%

12%

12%

31%

23%

18%

26%

20%

17%

In terms of the economy overall there was a similar response to the 2012 budget compared to last year’s. 26% (down 1%) thought the economy was good for the economy and 32% (up 3%) thought it was bad.

44% of respondents thought the Federal budget was neither good nor bad for them personally – 17% (up 6%) said it was good and 26% (down 3%) bad. 28% of respondents aged 35-44 thought it was good for them while 38% of those aged 55+ thought it was bad.

31% thought it was good for working people and 24% thought it was bad. 35% of part-time workers thought it was good for working people.

43% (up 18%) thought the budget was bad for business, 10% (down 10%) good and 29% said it was neither.

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Opinion of Unions

Mar 19, 2012

Q. Overall, do you think unions have been good or bad for Australian working people? 

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Work full time

Work part time

Total good

48%

72%

31%

70%

48%

48%

Total bad

17%

6%

31%

3%

18%

18%

Very good

12%

26%

4%

21%

13%

10%

Good

36%

46%

27%

49%

35%

38%

Neither good nor bad

28%

19%

34%

16%

28%

29%

Bad

11%

4%

19%

3%

12%

10%

Very bad

6%

2%

12%

6%

8%

Don’t know

6%

3%

4%

10%

6%

5%

48% think that unions have been good for Australian working people, 17% think they have been bad, and 28% think they have been neither good nor bad.

72% of Labor voters and 70% of Greens voters think they have been good and Liberal/National voters are split 31% good/31% bad.

There was no difference between the views of workers and non-workers and very little difference be age, gender or income.

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Importance of Unions

Mar 19, 2012

Q. And how important are unions for Australian working people today?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Work full time

Work part time

Total very/quite important

56%

80%

39%

71%

55%

57%

Very important

19%

34%

8%

31%

18%

16%

Quite important

37%

46%

31%

40%

37%

41%

Not very important

27%

12%

39%

21%

30%

31%

Not at all important

8%

2%

16%

8%

8%

Don’t know

9%

6%

6%

7%

7%

5%

56% think that unions are very or quite important for Australian working people today.

80% of Labor voters and 71% of Greens voters think they are important compared to only 39% of Liberal/National voters.

There was little difference by age and gender groups – but those on lower incomes were a little more likely to think unions are important (63% of those earning less than $1,000pw).

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