Essential Report

Groups better off under Liberal or Labor Government

Jun 21, 2016

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

  Better off under a Liberal Govern-ment Better off under a Labor Govern-ment Makes no differ-ence Don’t know   Difference

(Liberal minus Labor)

Difference

April 2016

Large corporations 55% 7% 21% 16%   +48 +39
People and families on high incomes 55% 9% 21% 15%   +46 +37
Banks and other financial institutions 51% 8% 24% 17%   +43 +36
Families with children at private school 45% 12% 25% 18%   +33 +24
Small businesses 36% 21% 26% 17%   +15 +5
Farmers and other agricultural producers 24% 22% 32% 22%   +2 -1
People and families on middle incomes 26% 29% 29% 16%   -3 -6
Average working people 20% 34% 30% 16%   -14 -21
Recent immigrants to Australia 14% 30% 34% 21%   -16 -21
Pensioners 15% 34% 34% 18%   -19 -20
People with disabilities 13% 35% 33% 19%   -22 -21
Unemployed people 14% 36% 33% 17%   -22 -26
Single parents 12% 36% 32% 20%   -24 -31
Families with children at public school 15% 40% 28% 17%   -25 -23
People and families on low incomes 13% 42% 27% 17%   -29 -33

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

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

Since this question was asked in April the Liberal Party is a more likely to be perceived as better for large corporations (up 9 points), high income families (up 9), banks and financial institutions (up 7), families with children at private schools (up 9) and small businesses (up 10).

The Labor Party is perceived to be a relatively worse for average working people (down 7 points) and single parents (down 7).

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