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Better or worse off with stronger unions

Jun 16, 2020

Q. Overall, would workers be better off or worse off if unions in Australia were stronger?

  June

2020

October

2015

February

2014

May

2013

September

2012

A lot better off 18% 17% 21% 14% 13%
A little better off 31% 28% 24% 29% 26%
A little worse off 14% 12% 11% 14% 15%
A lot worse off 10% 14% 16% 15% 15%
Unsure / Makes no difference 27% 30% 28% 26% 30%
TOTAL: Better off 50% 45% 45% 43% 39%
TOTAL: Worse off 24% 26% 27% 29% 30%
Base (n) 1,087 1,012 1,051 1,050 1,035

 

    Federal Voting intention
  Total Labor Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other  
A lot better off 18% 24% 12% 20% 22%  
A little better off 31% 40% 28% 29% 25%  
A little worse off 14% 9% 19% 16% 13%  
A lot worse off 10% 7% 15% 8% 10%  
Unsure 27% 19% 25% 27% 30%  
TOTAL: Important 50% 65% 40% 50% 47%  
TOTAL: Not important 24% 16% 34% 24% 23%  
Base (n) 1,087 334 412 96 140  

 

Better or worse off with stronger unions

Feb 4, 2014

Q. Overall, would workers be better off or worse off if unions in Australia were stronger?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Work full time

Work part time

 

10 Sep 12

20 May 13

Total better off

45%

65%

25%

65%

45%

45%

47%

39%

43%

Total worse off

27%

13%

46%

6%

25%

28%

24%

30%

29%

A lot better off

21%

32%

9%

31%

20%

21%

22%

13%

14%

A little better off

24%

33%

16%

34%

25%

24%

25%

26%

29%

A little worse off

11%

6%

17%

2%

7%

10%

11%

15%

14%

A lot worse off

16%

7%

29%

4%

18%

18%

13%

15%

15%

Make no difference

13%

11%

17%

10%

14%

16%

12%

15%

12%

Don’t know

15%

11%

12%

18%

16%

11%

18%

15%

14%

The perception that workers would be better off with stronger unions has increased a little since this question was asked in May last year. 45% (up 2%) felt that workers would be better off if unions in Australia were stronger and 27% (down 2%) that believed workers would be worse off.

By voting intention, 65% of Labor voters and 65% of Greens voters believed that workers would be better off while Coalition voters were by far the most likely to believe that workers would be worse off (46%).

Better or worse off with stronger unions

May 20, 2013

Q. Overall, would workers be better off or worse off if unions in Australia were stronger?

10 Sept 12

Total

20 May 13

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Work full time

Work part time

Total better off

39%

43%

65%

28%

61%

43%

44%

Total worse off

30%

29%

11%

50%

10%

32%

28%

A lot better off

13%

14%

23%

7%

26%

15%

14%

A little better off

26%

29%

42%

21%

35%

28%

30%

A little worse off

15%

14%

9%

19%

9%

15%

16%

A lot worse off

15%

15%

2%

31%

1%

17%

12%

Make no difference

15%

12%

10%

12%

16%

13%

11%

Don’t know

15%

14%

13%

10%

12%

12%

17%

The perception that workers would be better off with stronger unions has increased since this question was asked in September last year. 43% (up 4%)  felt that workers would be better off if unions in Australia were stronger and 29% (down 1%) that believed workers would be worse off.

By voting intention, 65% of Labor voters and 61% of Greens voters believed that workers would be better off while Coalition voters were by far the most likely to believe that workers would be worse off (50%).

51% of respondents on incomes of $600-$1,000pw thought that workers would be better off with stronger unions.

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