Essential Report

Parties left/right

Mar 1, 2016

Do you think the following parties are too right wing/conservative, too left wing/progressive or about right?

  Too right wing/ conservative Too left wing/ progressive About right Don’t know Labor voters

Too right wing/ conservative

Labor voters

Too left wing/ progressive

Labor voters

About right

Labor voters

Don’t know

Lib/Nat voters Too right wing/ conservative Lib/Nat voters Too left wing/ progressive Lib/Nat voters About right Lib/Nat voters Don’t know
The Labor Party 16% 19% 30% 35% 15% 6% 51% 28% 17% 34% 22% 27%
The Liberal Party 26% 9% 31% 34% 41% 9% 16% 34% 11% 9% 58% 22%
The Greens 7% 31% 21% 41% 9% 25% 24% 42% 9% 45% 13% 33%

 

Respondents were evenly divided over whether the Labor Party was too right wing (16%) or left wing (19%) but more likely to think that the Liberal Party was too right wing (26%) and the Greens were too left wing (31%).

 

However, 51% of Labor voters think the Labor Party is about right and 58% of Liberal/National voters think the Liberal party is about right. Labor voters were a little more likely to think the Labor Party was too right wing (15%) than left wing (6%) whereas Liberal/National voters were more evenly divided (11% too right wing/9% too left wing).

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