Essential Report

Interests Represented by Parties

Apr 4, 2017

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

  Labor Liberal Greens Don’t know Net (Liberal – Labor)   Net Sep 2015
Big business 10% 63% 2% 24% +53   +52
Working people on high incomes 12% 62% 2% 24% +50   +48
Small businesses and self-employed 28% 40% 4% 28% +12   +15
Rural and regional Australians 25% 30% 13% 33% +5   +8
The next generation of Australians 24% 26% 14% 36% +2   +5
Indigenous people 26% 17% 16% 42% -9   -1
Ethnic communities 27% 17% 17% 39% -10   -2
Families with young children 39% 25% 6% 30% -14   -13
Students 33% 19% 12% 36% -14   -16
Working people on average incomes 42% 27% 5% 26% -15   -16
Pensioners 40% 20% 6% 34% -20   -15
People on welfare 42% 17% 9% 31% -25   -23
Working people on low incomes 49% 16% 7% 28% -33   23

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 September 2015, the Labor Party has improved its position against the Liberal Party on representing the interests of indigenous people (up 8%), ethnic communities (up 8%), pensioners (up 5%) and working people on low incomes (up 10%).

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