Essential Report

Minority Government

Jul 5, 2016

Q. If neither the Liberal National coalition nor the Labor Party wins a majority in the election, which of the following combinations of parties would you prefer to form Government? 

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Liberal National coalition with the Greens and independents 8% 1% 19% 3% 4%
Labor with the Greens and independents 24% 44% 4% 72% 12%
Liberal National coalition and Nick Xenophon Team and independents 17%   1% 38% 3% 15%
Labor with Nick Xenophon Team and independents 13%   27% 1% 8% 28%
None of them – hold a new election 19%   11% 26% 6% 26%
Don’t know 18% 15% 11% 7% 15%

If there is a hung Parliament the most favoured option is for a coalition of Labor with the Greens and independents (24%). 17% favour a coalition of the Liberals and Nationals with the Nick Xenophon Team and independents.

19% of respondents would prefer a new election – including 26% of Liberal/National voters.

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