Essential Report

Balance of Power in the Senate

Jun 29, 2011

Q. From July, the Greens will hold the balance of power in the Senate. Do you think this will be good or bad for Australia? (This question was commissioned by Network Ten).

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Men Women Age

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+
Total good 33% 44% 13% 95% 32% 36% 44% 34% 22%
Total bad 45% 29% 73% 1% 52% 39% 29% 45% 65%
Very good 10% 11% 2% 56% 9% 12% 12% 11% 7%
Good 23% 33% 11% 39% 23% 24% 32% 23% 15%
Bad 17% 21% 19% 1% 18% 16% 14% 19% 17%
Very bad 28% 8% 54% 34% 23% 15% 26% 48%
Make no difference 11% 15% 8% 2% 9% 12% 13% 10% 9%
Don’t know 11% 11% 5% 1% 8% 14% 15% 11% 5%

33% think that the Greens holding the balancer of power in the Senate will be good for Australia and 45% think it will be bad – 11% think it will make no difference. Labor voters are more likely to think it will be good (44% good to 29% bad) while Liberal/National voters overwhelmingly think it will be bad (73%).

Women (36% good/39% bad) were somewhat more positive than men (32% good/52% bad) while younger respondents were much more likely to think it would be good than older respondents.

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