Balance of Power

Mar 7, 2011

Q. Do you think the independents and Greens holding the balance of power in Parliament has been good or bad for Australia?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total good 27% 33% 12% 83%
Total bad 41% 25% 66% 2%
Very good 7% 8% 1% 34%
Good 20% 25% 11% 49%
Neither good nor bad 33% 41% 22% 15%
Bad 22% 18% 29% 2%
Very bad 19% 7% 37%

27% think that the independents and Greens holding the balance of power in Parliament has been good for Australia and 41% think it has been bad.

Greens voters overwhelmingly think it has been good (83%) while two-thirds of Coalition voters think it has been bad. Labor voters are somewhat split – 33% good/25% bad/41% neither. Older respondents were more likely to think it was bad – those aged under 35 split 32% good/29% bad while those aged 55+ split 21% good/52% bad.

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Approval of Independents Decisions

Sep 13, 2010

Q. Overall, do you approve or disapprove of the decisions the independents have reached about which party they will support?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote ind/other
Total approve 41% 82% 5% 72% 40%
Total disapprove 45% 6% 89% 14% 34%
Strongly approve 12% 29% * 15% 3%
Approve 29% 53% 5% 57% 37%
Disapprove 20% 5% 35% 11% 18%
Strongly disapprove 25% 1% 54% 3% 16%
Don’t know 14% 12% 5% 14% 27%

 Respondents were split over the independents’ decision about the party to support – 41% approve and 45% disapprove.

82% of Labor voters and 72% of Greens voters approve while 89% of Coalition voters disapprove (and 54% strongly disapprove). Voters for independents and other parties split 40% approve/34% disapprove. Comments »

Approval of Agreement with the Greens

Sep 13, 2010

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the agreement between the Labor Party and the Greens for the Greens to give their support to the Labor Party?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total approve 41% 84% 4% 79%
Total disapprove 46% 7% 90% 10%
Strongly approve 12% 27% 30%
Approve 29% 57% 4% 49%
Disapprove 18% 4% 32% 8%
Strongly disapprove 28% 3% 58% 2%
Don’t know 14% 10% 6% 13%

Respondents were also split over the agreement between the Labor Party and the Greens for the Greens to give their support to the Labor Party – 41% approve and 46% disapprove – with views closely associated with party preferences.

84% of Labor voters and 79% of Greens voters approve while 90% of Coalition voters disapprove (and 58% strongly disapprove). Comments »

Minority Government

Sep 6, 2010

Q. After the election neither the Labor Party nor the Coalition has a majority in the House of Representatives – they need the support of independents to govern. Do you think this will result in a better or worse Government for Australia?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total better 30% 37% 19% 47%
Total worse 42% 33% 62% 30%
A lot better 8% 10% 3% 12%
A little better 22% 27% 16% 35%
A little worse 22% 19% 28% 23%
A lot worse 20% 14% 34% 7%
Make no difference 15% 16% 11% 10%
Don’t know 13% 14% 8% 13%

42% believe that a minority Government supported by the independents will result in a worse Government for Australia and 30% think it will be a better Government. Liberal/National voters are more likely to think it would be a worse Government (62%) while 47% of Greens voters think it would be a better Government. Labor voters are split – 37% better/33% worse.

Older voters are most likely to think it would be a worse Government – of those aged 55+, 47% say worse and 28% better. Comments »

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