Essential Report

Support for re-establishing the Australian Building and Construction Commission

Oct 25, 2016

Q. The Government plans to re-establish the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) to address claims of union militancy in the construction industry. The ABCC’s powers included preventing any person from revealing they had been forced to give testimony to the Commission, and overriding a person’s right to silence. Do you support or oppose re-establishing the ABCC?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Aug 2016 Apr 2016 Mar 2016 Oct 2013
TOTAL Support 36%   26% 57% 22% 35%   32% 35% 35% 29%
TOTAL Oppose 16%   23% 5% 33% 17%   18% 16% 17% 22%
Strongly support 16%   9% 31% 4% 18%   13% 17% 17% 12%
Support 20%   17% 26% 18% 17%   19% 18% 18% 17%
Neither support nor oppose 24%   27% 21% 28% 24%   28% 23% 27% 23%
Oppose 8%   9% 5% 16% 8%   9% 8% 8% 9%
Strongly oppose 8%   14% 17% 9%   9% 8% 9% 13%
Don’t know 24%   24% 18% 17% 23%   23% 27% 22% 25%

 

Just over one in three Australians (36%) support the re-establishing of the ABCC, whilst 16% oppose it. The remaining 48% either ‘neither support or oppose’ (24%) or ‘don’t know’ (24%).

These results are in line with those gathered previously.

Lib/Nat voters (57%) are significantly more likely to support the re-establishing of the ABCC, while Greens (33%) and Labor (23%) voters were more likely to oppose it.

Males (40%) were slightly more likely than females (32%) to support the re-establishing of the ABCC – however females were far more likely to select ‘don’t know’ (32% of females compared to 17% of males).

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