Essential Report

Independents in Parliament

Sep 20, 2010

Q. Do you think there should be more or fewer independents in Federal Parliament?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Should be more 29% 29% 21% 58% 65%
Should be fewer 26% 21% 40% 5% 7%
About the right number 23% 32% 19% 19% 14%
Don’t know 22% 19% 20% 17% 14%

Respondents are divided over whether there should be more or fewer independents in Parliament – 29% say more, 26% fewer and 23% think there is about the right number. 40% of Coalition voters think there should be fewer and a majority of Greens and other voters think there should be more.

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