Essential Report

Policies of the major parties

Dec 1, 2015

Q. In general, do you think the policies of the Liberal/National Coalition and the policies of Labor favour the rich, favour the average Australian, favour the poor, or do they treat all groups equally?

Favour the rich

Favour the average Australian

Favour the poor

Treat all groups equally

Don’t know

The policies of the Liberal/National Coalition…

52%

21%

2%

7%

18%

The policies of Labor…

17%

38%

17%

7%

21%

May 2014

Favour the rich

Favour the average Australian

Favour the poor

Treat all groups equally

Don’t know

The policies of the Liberal/National Coalition…

54%

16%

5%

13%

12%

The policies of Labor…

16%

34%

22%

11%

17%

52% think that the policies of the Liberal/National Coalition favour the rich. 21% think they favour the average Australian, 2% think they favour the poor and 7% think they favour all groups equally.
38% think that the policies of Labor favour the average Australian. 17% think they favour the rich, 17% think they favour the poor and 7% think they treat all groups equally.

These figures have not changed substantially since May last year – although there has been a small move for both parties away from favouring the poor or treating all groups equally and towards favouring the average Australian.

Labor and Greens voters were more likely to think that the Liberal/National coalition favour the rich (73% and 83% respectively) and that Labor favour the average Australian (58% and 53%). 39% of Liberal National voters think the Liberal Party favours the average Australian, 32% favours the rich and 15% treats all groups equally.

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