Essential Report

Interests Represented by Parties

Sep 1, 2015

Q. Which political party do you think best represents the interests of –

Labor

Liberal

Greens

Don’t know

Net (Labor- Liberal

Net Nov 2011

Big business

9%

61%

3%

27%

-52

-57

Working people on high incomes

11%

59%

3%

26%

-48

-54

Small businesses and self-employed

25%

40%

4%

31%

-15

-29

Rural and regional Australians

19%

27%

13%

41%

-8

-13

The next generation of Australians

22%

27%

12%

39%

-5

-11

Indigenous people

22%

21%

16%

41%

+1

+11

Ethnic communities

21%

19%

17%

43%

+2

+8

Families with young children

37%

24%

6%

33%

+13

+11

Pensioners

37%

22%

8%

33%

+15

+12

Students

36%

20%

11%

33%

+16

+10

Working people on average incomes

42%

26%

5%

27%

+16

+11

Working people on low incomes

44%

21%

6%

28%

+23

+25

People on welfare

41%

18%

10%

31%

+23

+26

The Labor Party is considered the party which best represents the interests of families with young children, students, working people on low and average incomes, people on welfare and pensioners. The Liberal Party is considered substantially better at representing the interests of people on high incomes, big business and small business and self-employed.

Since this question was asked in November 2011, the Labor Party has improved its position on representing the interests of small business and self- employed (up 14), students (up 6), the next generation (up 6) and people on high incomes (up 6). The Liberal Party has improved its position on representing the interests of indigenous people (up 10) and ethnic communities (up 6).

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