Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements about government?
|Total agree||Total disagree||Strongly agree||Agree||Neither agree nor disagree||Disagree||Strongly disagree||Don’t know|
|I wish out political leaders would look for more common solutions, rather than just fighting each other||85%||2%||47%||38%||9%||1%||1%||4%|
|I’m sick of slogan from politicians – I want real answers on how government can operate better||82%||3%||44%||38%||11%||2%||1%||5%|
|Our government needs to find ways of working with the rest of the world, and not turning our backs on the world||59%||11%||19%||40%||24%||8%||3%||6%|
|It is harder than ever for governments to control the influence of multinational corporations||55%||14%||17%||38%||21%||11%||3%||9%|
|People have unrealistic expectations of the government’s ability to sort everything out||45%||26%||11%||34%||23%||18%||8%||5%|
|Most politicians are motivated by good intentions rather than self interest||22%||47%||4%||18%||25%||26%||21%||6%|
The statement most likely to be agreed with was “I wish our political leaders would look for more common solutions, rather than just fighting each other”, of which 85% agreed. Those most likely to agree with this statement were those aged 65+ (96% agree), other party/independent voters (94%) and those aged 55-64 (93%). No more than 5% of any demographic group disagreed with this statement.
The statement most likely to be disagreed with was “Most politicians are motivated by good intentions rather than self interest”, of which 47% disagreed. Those most likely to disagree with this were other party/independent voters (71% disagree), Greens voters (65%) and those aged 55-64 (57%). Those most likely to agree were Liberal/National voters (32%), those who work full time (26%) and those with a university degree (25%). This was also the only statement which a greater proportion disagreed than agreed with.
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