The Senate

Jul 22, 2014

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

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

May 2013

The Government also has a majority in the Senate

31%

16%

62%

6%

14%

32%

The Opposition has a majority in the Senate

10%

17%

5%

16%

8%

8%

The independents and minor parties hold the balance of power in the Senate

24%

29%

9%

52%

48%

25%

It doesn’t matter who has control or balance of power in the Senate

8%

9%

4%

5%

10%

7%

Don’t know

27%

28%

19%

20%

21%

28%

31% think that the Government should also have a majority in the Senate while 24% think the independents and minor parties should hold the balance of power. 10% think the Opposition should have a majority. These figures have changed little since this question was asked in May last year.

Liberal/National voters were much more likely to favour the Government having a majority in the Senate (62%) while Greens (52%) and Others (48%) were more likely to favour the independents and minor parties holding the balance of power.

The Senate

May 13, 2013

Q. Now thinking about the Senate, which of the following do you think would provide the best Government for Australia?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

The Government also has a majority in the Senate

32%

36%

39%

18%

The Opposition has a majority in the Senate

8%

6%

11%

3%

The independents and minor parties hold the balance of power in the Senate

25%

31%

15%

54%

It doesn’t matter who has control or balance of power in the Senate

7%

4%

8%

3%

Don’t know

28%

23%

27%

23%

32% think that the Government should also have a majority in the Senate while 25% think the independents and minor parties hold the balance of power. 8% think the Opposition should have a majority.

Liberal/National voters were a little more likely to favour the Government having a majority in the Senate (39%) while Greens (54%) and Labor (31%) were more likely to favour the independents and minor parties holding the balance of power.

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