Essential Report

Politicians Lying

Oct 10, 2011

Q. Which statement best reflects your view:

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
When a politician makes a statement or commitment they should stick to it no matter what 17% 12% 21% 16%
As situations change, it is reasonable that politicians change their positions 47% 65% 36% 61%
Politicians almost always lie – it’s naive to think otherwise 36% 23% 43% 23%

The most common position taken by respondents is that ‘as situations change, it is reasonable that politicians change their positions’ (47%).   Labor voters are the most likely to adopt this position.

Thirty six (36%) of respondents took the view that ‘politicians almost always like – it’s naïve to think otherwise’, and Coalition voters are the most likely to take this view.

Only 17% of respondents felt that ‘when a politician make a statement or commitment they should stick to it not matter what’, with Coalition voters the most likely to adopt this view.

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