Opinion of Unions

Mar 19, 2012

Q. Overall, do you think unions have been good or bad for Australian working people? 

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Work full time

Work part time

Total good

48%

72%

31%

70%

48%

48%

Total bad

17%

6%

31%

3%

18%

18%

Very good

12%

26%

4%

21%

13%

10%

Good

36%

46%

27%

49%

35%

38%

Neither good nor bad

28%

19%

34%

16%

28%

29%

Bad

11%

4%

19%

3%

12%

10%

Very bad

6%

2%

12%

6%

8%

Don’t know

6%

3%

4%

10%

6%

5%

48% think that unions have been good for Australian working people, 17% think they have been bad, and 28% think they have been neither good nor bad.

72% of Labor voters and 70% of Greens voters think they have been good and Liberal/National voters are split 31% good/31% bad.

There was no difference between the views of workers and non-workers and very little difference be age, gender or income.

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Importance of Unions

Mar 19, 2012

Q. And how important are unions for Australian working people today?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Work full time

Work part time

Total very/quite important

56%

80%

39%

71%

55%

57%

Very important

19%

34%

8%

31%

18%

16%

Quite important

37%

46%

31%

40%

37%

41%

Not very important

27%

12%

39%

21%

30%

31%

Not at all important

8%

2%

16%

8%

8%

Don’t know

9%

6%

6%

7%

7%

5%

56% think that unions are very or quite important for Australian working people today.

80% of Labor voters and 71% of Greens voters think they are important compared to only 39% of Liberal/National voters.

There was little difference by age and gender groups – but those on lower incomes were a little more likely to think unions are important (63% of those earning less than $1,000pw).

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