Better or worse off with stronger unions

May 20, 2013

Q. Overall, would workers be better off or worse off if unions in Australia were stronger?

10 Sept 12

Total

20 May 13

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Work full time

Work part time

Total better off

39%

43%

65%

28%

61%

43%

44%

Total worse off

30%

29%

11%

50%

10%

32%

28%

A lot better off

13%

14%

23%

7%

26%

15%

14%

A little better off

26%

29%

42%

21%

35%

28%

30%

A little worse off

15%

14%

9%

19%

9%

15%

16%

A lot worse off

15%

15%

2%

31%

1%

17%

12%

Make no difference

15%

12%

10%

12%

16%

13%

11%

Don’t know

15%

14%

13%

10%

12%

12%

17%

The perception that workers would be better off with stronger unions has increased since this question was asked in September last year. 43% (up 4%)  felt that workers would be better off if unions in Australia were stronger and 29% (down 1%) that believed workers would be worse off.

By voting intention, 65% of Labor voters and 61% of Greens voters believed that workers would be better off while Coalition voters were by far the most likely to believe that workers would be worse off (50%).

51% of respondents on incomes of $600-$1,000pw thought that workers would be better off with stronger unions.