Essential Report

Groups better off under Liberal or Labor Government

Sep 29, 2015

Q. Do you think the following groups of people would be better off under a Labor Government or a Liberal Government?

Better off under a Liberal Government

Better off under a Labor Government

Makes no difference

Don’t know

Difference (Liberal minus Labor)

Difference July 2013

Large corporations

55%

10%

18%

17%

+45

+43

People and families on high incomes

54%

9%

20%

16%

+45

+41

Families with children at private school

47%

11%

23%

20%

+36

+27

Banks and other financial institutions

46%

10%

27%

18%

+36

+35

Small businesses

36%

24%

23%

18%

+12

+18

Farmers and other agricultural producers

29%

24%

26%

21%

+5

+15

People and families on middle incomes

26%

32%

26%

17%

-6

+5

Recent immigrants to Australia

16%

32%

33%

19%

-16

-13

Average working people

20%

40%

24%

16%

-20

-2

Families with children at public school

18%

41%

24%

17%

-23

-14

Pensioners

17%

40%

27%

17%

-23

-11

People with disabilities

15%

39%

29%

18%

-24

-21

Single parents

13%

44%

26%

17%

-31

-15

Unemployed people

12%

44%

27%

16%

-32

-14

People and families on low incomes

14%

47%

23%

16%

-33

-21

Respondents were substantially more likely to think the following groups would be better off under a Labor Government – low income families, the unemployed, single parents, people with disabilities, pensioners and families with children at public school.

They were substantially more likely to think the following groups would be better off under a Liberal Government – large corporations, high income families, families with children at private schools and banks and financial institutions.

Since this question was asked in June 2013 Labor has substantially improved its position in terms of being better for the unemployed (net up 18 points), average working people (up 18), single parents (up 16), pensioners (up 12) and low income families (up 12).

For the Liberal Party, the net score for being better for families with children at private school has gone up 9 points.
Note that this question was previously asked during the week Julia Gillard was replaced by Kevin Rudd as leader of the Labor Party

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