Essential Report

Attributes of the Labor Party

Jun 15, 2016

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?

  Total Change   Jul 2009 April 2011 Aug 2013 Nov 2015 Mar 2016
Will promise to do anything to win votes 64% +2   57% 72% 65% 64% 62%
Looks after the interests of working people 56% +6     39% 53% 55% 50%
Moderate 54% +7   65% 51% 48% 56% 47%
Divided 49% -5   30% 66% 66% 58% 54%
Understands the problems facing Australia 49% +6   62% 40% 50% 48% 43%
Have a vision for the future 48% +8     43% 49% 42% 40%
Out of touch with ordinary people 46% -7   44% 61% 51% 52% 53%
Have good policies 46% +8       46% 42% 38%
Trust to manage a fair superannuation system 45%              
Clear about what they stand for 43% +8     28% 38% 37% 35%
Has a good team of leaders 39% +9   60% 34% 36% 33% 30%
Too close to the big corporate and financial interests 35%     46% 31% 37% 35%
Trustworthy 33% +4       30% 34% 29%
Keeps its promises 31% +3   44% 20% 27% 29% 28%
Extreme 30% -5   25% 38% 34% 30% 35%

The Labor Party’s main attributes were – will promise anything to win votes (64%), looks after the interests of working people (56%) and moderate (54%).

Since this question was asked in March, the main changes have been for has a good team of leaders (up 9%), have a vision for the future (up 8%), have good policies (up 8%) and clear about what they stand for (up 8%).

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