Essential Report

Difference between Labor and Liberal Parties

Nov 8, 2010

 Q. Thinking about the Federal Parliament, how much difference do you think there is between the policies of the Labor Party and the Liberal Party?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Very little difference 29% 30% 20% 51%
Some difference 43% 50% 45% 35%
A lot of difference 19% 15% 31% 4%
Don’t know 9% 5% 5% 10%

Q. Do you think that in the last few years, the policies of the Labor Party and the Liberal Party have become more similar or do you think their policies have been moving apart?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Become more similar 51% 54% 50% 63%
Moving further apart 17% 16% 23% 5%
No change 21% 23% 19% 19%
Don’t know 12% 7% 8% 13%

 Only 19% believe there is a lot of difference between the Labor and Liberal Parties and 29% think there is very little difference.  Liberal/National voters (31% a lot of difference) are more likely to think there is a difference than Labor voters (15%).  37% of those aged under 35 think there is little difference.

51% think the Labor and Liberal Parties have become more similar and 17% think they are moving further apart. When this question was last asked in September 2009, 49% said the parties had become closer and 20% further apart.

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