Importance of Craig Thomson Issue

Jun 4, 2012

Q. In your opinion, how important is this issue concerning the behaviour of Craig Thomson?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Very important

30%

17%

49%

7%

Quite important

36%

38%

33%

43%

Not very important

18%

25%

10%

30%

Not at all important

7%

11%

2%

11%

Don’t know

10%

9%

6%

9%

30% think the Craig Thomson issue is very important and 36% quite important – only 25% think it is not very or not at all important.

Those most likely to think it is very important were aged 55+ (40%), Liberal/National voters (49%) and full-time workers (34%).

58% of those who had read/heard a lot about it thought it was very important.

Only 17% of union members thought it was very important.

Green-baiting and the art of product differentiation

Apr 12, 2011

First published on The Drum: 12/04/2011

The Prime Minister has been dedicating a significant slice of stump time in recent weeks to explaining the differences between the ALP and the Greens, how one emerges from real-world struggles and the other is a group of out-of-touch extremists.

A similar debate has been being waged within the Greens following their underwhelming NSW state election performance, where a local candidate’s intervention in the Middle East peace provided the platform to portray the party as a collective of bat-faced ideologues.

But as the debate about the Greens’ orientation gains pertinence as they move to assume the balance of power in the Senate a more basic fact is being missed: Labor voters and Green voters agree on just about everything.

A review of findings to Essential Research questions over the past few months finds that on nearly every big debate the similarities between Greens voters and Labor voters far outweigh their differences.

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