Essential Report

Donations to political parties

Apr 4, 2017

Q. Should political parties be allowed to receive donations from each of the following?

  Should be allowed Should not be allowed Don’t know   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Individual Australian voters 47% 39% 15%   44% 54% 49% 51%
Australian companies 30% 55% 15%   26% 42% 24% 27%
Professional associations 27% 57% 16%   24% 34% 25% 25%
Unions 21% 64% 15%   24% 20% 27% 19%
Energy companies 20% 66% 14%   17% 30% 15% 14%
Mining companies 18% 67% 15%   16% 27% 9% 15%
Property developers 16% 70% 14%   15% 23% 10% 13%
Casinos 15% 73% 12%   12% 22% 10% 12%
Foreign companies 13% 74% 13%   12% 17% 13% 11%

 

A majority are opposed to all donations to political parties with the exception of donations from individual Australian voters (47% allow/39% not allow).

At least 7 in 10 were opposed to donations from foreign companies (74% not allow), casinos (73%) and property developers (70%).

Liberal/National voters were more likely to support all forms of donations except those from unions.

COVID-19 RESEARCH

Read Essential's ongoing research on the public response to Covid-19.

Sign up for updates

Receive the Essential Report in your inbox.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.