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Jun 20, 2017
Essential Research

Voting Behaviour in a Federal Election

Q. Thinking about Federal elections, which of the following best describes you how you vote?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other Nov
2012
I usually vote for the same party but have voted for another party occasionally 34%   33% 43% 32% 28% 36%
I always vote for the same party 27%   43% 30% 22% 11% 30%
I don’t have any usual party preference and just decide who to vote for each election on its own 18%   12% 12% 19% 37% 13%
I often switch my vote between Labor and Liberals or Nationals. 6%   5% 9% 2% 5% 9%
I often switch my vote between a major party (Labor or Liberal) and a minor party (e.g. Greens) or an independent 6%   5% 1% 21% 15% 5%
Don’t know 9%   2% 4% 4% 4% 8%

 

34% said they usually vote for the same party but have voted for another party occasionally (down 2% since this question was last asked in November 2012). Liberal/National voters (43%) were more likely to say this than ALP voters (33%) and Greens voters (32%).

27% said they always vote for the same party (down 3%). ALP voters (43%) were more likely to say this than Liberal/National voters (30%) and Greens voters (22%).

Apr 4, 2017
Essential Research

Interests Represented by Parties

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%).

Aug 2, 2016
Essential Research

Voting at election

Q. Which of the following best describes how you voted in the recent Federal election?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
I voted for the party that I want to lead Australia 74%   83% 86% 74% 49%
I voted against the party I don’t want to lead Australia 17%   14% 10% 22% 44%
Don’t know 9%   3% 4% 5% 7%

74% said they voted for the party they wanted to lead Australia and 17% said they voted against the party they didn’t want to lead Australia.

44% of those who voted independent or for minor parties said they voted against the party they didn’t want to lead Australia.

Sep 1, 2015
Essential Research

Interests Represented by Parties

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

Labor

Liberal

Greens

Don’t know

Net (Labor- Liberal

Net Nov 2011

Big business

9%

61%

3%

27%

-52

-57

Working people on high incomes

11%

59%

3%

26%

-48

-54

Small businesses and self-employed

25%

40%

4%

31%

-15

-29

Rural and regional Australians

19%

27%

13%

41%

-8

-13

The next generation of Australians

22%

27%

12%

39%

-5

-11

Indigenous people

22%

21%

16%

41%

+1

+11

Ethnic communities

21%

19%

17%

43%

+2

+8

Families with young children

37%

24%

6%

33%

+13

+11

Pensioners

37%

22%

8%

33%

+15

+12

Students

36%

20%

11%

33%

+16

+10

Working people on average incomes

42%

26%

5%

27%

+16

+11

Working people on low incomes

44%

21%

6%

28%

+23

+25

People on welfare

41%

18%

10%

31%

+23

+26

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 November 2011, the Labor Party has improved its position on representing the interests of small business and self- employed (up 14), students (up 6), the next generation (up 6) and people on high incomes (up 6). The Liberal Party has improved its position on representing the interests of indigenous people (up 10) and ethnic communities (up 6).

May 13, 2013
Essential Research

House of Representatives

Q. Thinking about the House of Representatives, which of the following do you think would provide the best Government for Australia?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

The governing party has an absolute majority in the House of Representatives

49%

47%

61%

25%

The independents and minor parties hold the balance of power in the House of Representatives

25%

28%

18%

56%

Don’t know

26%

24%

21%

19%

49% think that the best Government would be if the governing party has an absolute majority in the House of Representatives while 25% think the independents and minor parties should hold the balance of power.

A majority (56%) of Greens voters would prefer to see the independents and minor parties should hold the balance of power while a majority (61%) of Liberal/National voters think the governing party should have an absolute majority.

Nov 26, 2012
Essential Research

Voting behaviour in a federal election

Q. Thinking about Federal elections, which of the following best describes you how you vote?

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

I usually vote for the same party but have voted for another party occasionally

36%

41%

40%

34%

I always vote for the same party

30%

36%

34%

25%

I don’t have any usual party preference and just decide who to vote for each election on its own

13%

8%

9%

19%

I often switch my vote between Labor and Liberals or Nationals.

9%

5%

15%

3%

I often switch my vote between a major party (Labor or Liberal) and a minor party (e.g. Greens) or an independent

5%

7%

1%

11%

Don’t know

8%

4%

1%

7%

The greatest portion of respondents claim to usually vote for the same party but have voted for another party occasionally (36%).  A slightly smaller portion of respondents claim to always vote for the same party (30%).

Thirteen percent (13%) of respondents don’t have any usual party preference.  Nine percent (9%) claim to switch their vote between Labor and Liberals/Nationals (9%) and 5% claim to switch their vote between a major party and a minor party.

Looking at the results by voting intention, 41% of Labor voters and 40% of Lib/Nat voters usually vote for the same party but have voted for another party occasionally.  Again, a fairly equal portion of Labor voters (36%) and Lib/Nat voters (34%) claim to always vote for the same party.

Greens voters are the most likely to claim that don’t have a usual party preference (19%) and that they often switch their vote between a major party and a minor party (11%).

Oct 16, 2012
Essential Research

Perceptions of Tony Abbott

Q. Thinking about the leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, please indicate yes or no for each of the following statements:

 

Total

Vote
Labor

Vote
Lib/Nat

Vote
Greens

Men

Women

Has the right temperament to be Prime Minister

42%

13%

77%

10%

44%

39%

Would be embarrassing as Prime Minister of Australia

50%

78%

19%

83%

49%

50%

Is someone that can effectively represent Australia’s interests

43%

11%

82%

8%

45%

40%

Will serve my interests as Prime Minister

39%

7%

81%

6%

42%

37%

Is too influenced by their religious beliefs

40%

62%

19%

73%

43%

38%

Is the best person to lead their party

33%

10%

62%

7%

36%

30%

Is someone that understands the challenges facing Australian women

39%

10%

74%

5%

42%

36%

Has good parental leave policies

44%

17%

76%

19%

45%

42%

Has difficulty controlling their aggression

44%

68%

19%

73%

45%

44%

Exactly half the respondents agree that Tony Abbott would be embarrassing as Prime Minister of Australia. On all other statements he scored less than 50%. His main negatives were that only 33% agree he is the best person to lead their party, 39% agree he will serve my interests as Prime Minister and 39% agree he is someone that understands the challenges facing Australian women.

The main differences by gender were on the statements that he is someone that understands the challenges facing Australian women (men 42%/women 36%), the best person to lead their party (36%/30%), has the right temperament to be Prime Minister (44%/39%), can effectively represent Australia’s interests (45%/40%), will serve my interests as Prime Minister (42%/37%) and too influenced by their religious beliefs (43%/38%). On each of these statements women scored Tony Abbott lower than men did.

Oct 16, 2012
Essential Research

Perceptions of Julia Gillard

Q. Thinking about the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, please indicate yes or no for each of the following statements:

 

Total

Vote

Labor

Vote

Lib/Nat

Vote

Greens

Men

Women

Has the right temperament to be Prime Minister

58%

86%

36%

83%

54%

62%

Is embarrassing as Prime Minister of Australia

43%

17%

67%

18%

46%

40%

Is someone that can effectively represent Australia’s interests

46%

82%

20%

67%

45%

46%

Serves my interests as Prime Minister

36%

76%

11%

47%

35%

37%

Is too influenced by their religious beliefs

16%

12%

19%

15%

18%

14%

Is the best person to lead their party

36%

64%

18%

44%

33%

39%

Is someone that understands the challenges facing Australian women

62%

87%

44%

84%

60%

63%

Has good parental leave policies

53%

73%

42%

59%

52%

54%

Has difficulty controlling their aggression

25%

12%

38%

8%

29%

22%

More half the respondents agreed that Julia Gillard understands the challenges facing Australian women (62%), has the right temperament to be Prime Minister (58%) and has good parental leave policies (53%). Her main negatives were that only 36% agree she is the best person to lead their party and 36% agree she will serve my interests as Prime Minister.

The main differences by gender were on the statements that she is someone that has the right temperament to be Prime Minister (men 54%/women 62%), has difficulty controlling their aggression (29%/22%), is embarrassing as Prime Minister of Australia (46%/40%) and is the best person to lead their party (33%/39%).

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