Better or worse off with stronger unions

Oct 27, 2015

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

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Work full time

Work part time

Sep 2012

May 2013

Feb 2014

Total better off

45%

68%

28%

58%

36%

45%

51%

39%

43%

45%

Total worse off

26%

13%

41%

12%

28%

31%

16%

30%

29%

27%

A lot better off

17%

30%

6%

31%

9%

16%

18%

13%

14%

21%

A little better off

28%

38%

22%

27%

27%

29%

33%

26%

29%

24%

A little worse off

12%

8%

18%

5%

12%

14%

10%

15%

14%

11%

A lot worse off

14%

5%

23%

7%

16%

17%

6%

15%

15%

16%

Make no difference

15%

8%

19%

13%

19%

12%

15%

15%

12%

13%

Don’t know

15%

11%

11%

17%

18%

11%

17%

15%

14%

15%

The perception that workers would be better off with stronger unions has changed very little since this question was asked in February last year. 45% (no change) felt that workers would be better off if unions in Australia were stronger and 26% (down 1%) that believed workers would be worse off.

By voting intention, 68% of Labor voters and 58% 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 (41%).

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