Essential Report

Electing small parties to the Senate

Apr 28, 2015

Q. The Coalition, Labor and the Greens all support changes that would make it harder for small parties to be elected to Senate. Would you approve or disapprove of such changes?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total approve 40% 35% 62% 28% 19%
Total disapprove 33% 34% 21% 49% 72%
Strongly approve 18% 11% 35% 5% 12%
Approve 22% 24% 27% 23% 7%
Disapprove 21% 23% 16% 26% 35%
Strongly disapprove 12% 11% 5% 23% 37%
Don’t know 27% 32% 18% 23% 10%

40% approve of changes that would make it harder for small parties to be elected to Senate and 33% disapprove.

Liberal/National voters strongly approve (62%), Labor voters are evenly split (35%/34%) and Greens and other voters tend to disapprove.

Respondents aged under 35 were more likely to disapprove (29% approve/37% disapprove) while those aged 45+ approved (48% approve/29% disapprove).

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