Essential Report

More or less left/right

Mar 1, 2016

Do you think over the last few years, these parties have become more right wing/conservative, more left wing/progressive or stayed about the same?

  More right wing/ conservative More left wing/ progressive About the same Don’t know Labor voters

More right wing/ conservative

Labor voters

More left wing/ progressive

Labor voters

About the same

Labor voters

Don’t know

Lib/Nat voters More right wing/ conservative Lib/Nat voters More left wing/ progressive Lib/Nat voters About the same Lib/Nat voters Don’t know
The Labor Party 19% 15% 33% 32% 19% 9% 42% 30% 18% 25% 34% 23%
The Liberal Party 19% 12% 36% 33% 28% 9% 29% 34% 10% 16% 52% 22%
The Greens 7% 21% 35% 37% 7% 16% 39% 37% 7% 29% 34% 30%

 

Respondents were fairly evenly divided over whether the Labor and Liberal Parties have become more right wing or left wing – but slightly more likely to think both the Labor Party and the Liberal Party had become more right wing.

 

However, Liberal voters were more inclined to think all parties had become more left wing, and Labor voters were more inclined to think both the Labor Party and especially the Liberal Party had become more right wing.

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