Essential Report

Impact of small parties in the Senate

Apr 28, 2015

Q. Which of the following statements is closest to your view?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Having small parties in the Senate is good for democracy 42% 47% 29% 65% 76%
Having small parties in the Senate makes government too unstable 35% 28% 57% 19% 18%
Don’t know 23% 26% 14% 16% 7%

42% think that having small parties in the Senate is good for democracy and 35% think that it makes government too unstable. A majority of Liberal/national voters think it makes government too unstable while all other voters tend to think it is good for democracy.

A majority of Liberal/national voters think it makes government too unstable while all other voters tend to think it is good for democracy.

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