Essential Report

Are parties too left wing/right wing?

Sep 1, 2015

Q. Do you think the following parties are too right wing/conservative, too left wing/progressive or about right?

Too right wing/ conservative

Too left wing/ progressive

About right

Don’t know

The Labor Party

16%

20%

28%

36%

The Liberal Party

34%

7%

26%

33%

The Nationals

29%

7%

21%

43%

The Greens

9%

30%

20%

41%

Palmer United Party

17%

12%

10%

61%

The Labor Party (Labor voters)

10%

8%

53%

29%

The Liberal Party (Coalition voters

13%

6%

58%

23%

The Nationals (Coalition voters)

18%

7%

41%

34%

The Greens (Greens voters)

2%

17%

67%

14%

About one-third of respondents think that the Liberal and National parties are too right wing and that the Greens are too left wing. However they are divided on the Labor Party – 16% think they are too right wing and 20% too left wing.

Among voter groups, more than half think their party is about right. Coalition voters are a little more likely to think the Liberals and Nationals are too right wing and 17% of Greens voters think the Greens are too left wing.

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