Essential Report

Australian society

Jan 30, 2018

 Q. Thinking about our current political and economic system – that is, the rules and laws that govern the way Australian society operates – which of the following best describes your view?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Jan 2017 Nov 2017
The system needs to be fundamentally changed 32%   33% 22% 39% 49%   40% 32%
The system is fundamentally sound but needs to be refined 48%   54% 54% 46% 37%   44% 44%
The system works well as it is and should not be changed in any substantial way 8%   4% 14% 7% 7%   6% 10%
Don’t know 12%   9% 10% 8% 7%   11% 14%

 

48% think Australia’s political and economic system is fundamentally sound but needs to be refined and 32% think the system needs to be fundamentally changed. Only 8% think it should not be changed in any way.

Those thinking the system just needs to be refined has increased 4 points from 44% since November.

Those most likely to think it needs fundamental change were “other” voters (49%) and Greens voters (39%).

Those most likely to think the system just needs to be refined were LNP voters (54%), Labor voters (54%) and aged 55+ (54%).

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