Essential Report

Interests represented by parties

Oct 9, 2017

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

  Labor Liberal Don’t know   Difference

Labor –Liberal

Working people on low incomes 53% 20% 27%   +33
People on welfare 49% 21% 29%   +28
Students 45% 23% 32%   +22
Working people on average incomes 48% 27% 25%   +21
Pensioners 44% 25% 31%   +19
Families with young children 44% 27% 29%   +17
Ethnic communities 38% 25% 37%   +13
Indigenous people 35% 24% 41%   +11
The next generation of Australians 33% 32% 34%   +1
Rural and regional Australians 31% 34% 35%   -3
Small businesses and self-employed 32% 40% 28%   -8
Working people on high incomes 14% 63% 22%   -49
Big business 14% 65% 21%   -51

 

The Labor Party is considered considerably better than the Liberal Party in representing the interests of working people on low incomes (53% to 20%), people on welfare (49%/21%), students (45%/23%), working people on average incomers (48%/27%) and pensioners (44%/25%).

The Liberal Party is considered best at representing the interests of big business (65% to 14%) and working people on high incomes (63%/14%).

 

Families with children were more likely to think the Labor Party best represents their interests (50% to 24%).

Those aged 18-24 were more likely to think the Labor Party best represents the interests of students (52% to 16%).

Those working full-time were more likely to think the Labor Party best represents the interests of workers on average incomes (47% to 28%).

Those on incomes over $2,000pw were more likely to think the Liberal Party best represents the interests of workers on high incomes (65% to 14%).

Among those aged 65+, 40% think Labor best represents the interests of pensioners and 35% the Liberal Party.

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