House of Representatives

May 13, 2013

Q. Thinking about the House of Representatives, which of the following do you think would provide the best Government for Australia?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

The governing party has an absolute majority in the House of Representatives

49%

47%

61%

25%

The independents and minor parties hold the balance of power in the House of Representatives

25%

28%

18%

56%

Don’t know

26%

24%

21%

19%

49% think that the best Government would be if the governing party has an absolute majority in the House of Representatives while 25% think the independents and minor parties should hold the balance of power.

A majority (56%) of Greens voters would prefer to see the independents and minor parties should hold the balance of power while a majority (61%) of Liberal/National voters think the governing party should have an absolute majority.

Composition of Parliament

Sep 19, 2011

Q. Thinking about the Federal Government, which of the following scenarios would you prefer –

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Green
One of the major parties having a majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate 36% 36% 49% 7%
One of the major parties having a majority in the House of Representatives and the other having a majority in the Senate 21% 16% 27% 10%
One of the major parties having a majority in the House of Representatives and the Greens having the balance of power in the Senate 16% 22% 4% 63%
Don’t know 28% 26% 21% 19%

Most respondents think that ‘one of the major parties having a majority in both the House of Representatives and the Senate’ is preferable (36%).  Lib/Nat voters are the most likely to prefer this scenario (49%) and Greens voters the least likely to do so (7%).  Male respondents were also more likely to prefer this scenario (40%) than female respondents (32%).

Respondents then selected ‘one of the major parties having a majority in the House of Representatives and the other having a majority in the Senate’ as their next preferred scenario (21%).  Lib/Nat voters are the most likely to regard this scenario as preferable (27%).

The least favoured option amongst respondents is ‘one of the major parties having a majority in the House of Representatives and the Greens having the balance of power in the Senate’, with 16% selecting this option.  Greens voters are the most likely to regard this option as the most preferable (63%).

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Preferred Voting System

Jul 11, 2011

Q. Which of the following voting systems would you prefer when voting for the Federal House of Representatives.

  • A preferential voting system where voters rank all candidates in order of preference.
  • An optional preferential system where voters can rank one, some, or all candidates in order of preference.
  • A “first past the post” system, where voters only vote for one candidate and the candidate with the most votes wins.
Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Preferential 22% 31% 18% 30%
Optional preferential 26% 26% 24% 33%
First past the post 44% 40% 53% 31%
Don’t know 7% 4% 4% 6%

Of the three voting options given, 44% favoured “first past the post”, 26% optional preferential and 22% the current preferential system.

Optional preferential was most preferred by those aged under 35 (35%) while older groups strongly favoured first past the post (50% of aged 35-54 and 54% of aged 55+).

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