Essential Report

Minority Government

Sep 6, 2010

Q. After the election neither the Labor Party nor the Coalition has a majority in the House of Representatives – they need the support of independents to govern. Do you think this will result in a better or worse Government for Australia?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total better 30% 37% 19% 47%
Total worse 42% 33% 62% 30%
A lot better 8% 10% 3% 12%
A little better 22% 27% 16% 35%
A little worse 22% 19% 28% 23%
A lot worse 20% 14% 34% 7%
Make no difference 15% 16% 11% 10%
Don’t know 13% 14% 8% 13%

42% believe that a minority Government supported by the independents will result in a worse Government for Australia and 30% think it will be a better Government. Liberal/National voters are more likely to think it would be a worse Government (62%) while 47% of Greens voters think it would be a better Government. Labor voters are split – 37% better/33% worse.

Older voters are most likely to think it would be a worse Government – of those aged 55+, 47% say worse and 28% better.

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