Palmer United Party

Apr 15, 2014

Q. The Palmer United Party will hold the balance of power in the new Senate.  Do you think the election of the Palmer United Party candidates to the Senate will be good or bad for democracy?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Good for democracy

27%

27%

22%

22%

62%

Bad for democracy

32%

29%

41%

42%

13%

Makes no difference

19%

20%

19%

19%

13%

Don’t know

22%

24%

18%

17%

12%

27% of respondents think the election of the Palmer United Party candidates to the Senate will be good for democracy and 32% think it will be bad for democracy.

Those more likely to think it will be good for democracy were voters for other parties or independents (62%), those who had not completed secondary education (35%) and residents of Queensland (38%).

Those more likely to think it will be bad for democracy were Liberal/National voters (41%), Greens voters (42%), aged 55+ (44%) and residents of NSW (38%).

Senate – balance of power

Oct 22, 2013

Q. Clive Palmer’s Palmer United Party now has the balance of power in the Senate.

With this in mind, do you think the election of micro parties in the Senate – such as Palmer United Party, Family First, Liberal Democrats, Motor Enthusiasts Party, Australian Sports Party – is good or bad for democracy?

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Good for democracy

36%

41%

28%

35%

Bad for democracy

26%

23%

38%

19%

Makes no difference

17%

18%

18%

19%

Don’t know

20%

19%

16%

27%

36% think that the election of micro parties to the Senate is good for democracy and 26% think it is bad. 17% think it makes no difference. Labor voters are more likely to think it is good (41%) while Liberal/National voters are more likely to think it is bad (38%).

44% of high income earners ($1,600+ pw) think it is good as do 45% of Queenslanders.

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