Essential Report

Whether Government favours Businesses or Workers

Oct 31, 2011

Q. Do you think the Federal Labor Government favours the interests of businesses or workers?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total favour businesses 28% 21% 31% 40%
Total  favour workers 41% 40% 50% 28%
Favour businesses a lot more than workers 13% 7% 16% 18%
Favour businesses a little more than workers 15% 14% 15% 22%
Favour workers a little more than businesses 24% 32% 21% 20%
Favour workers a lot more than businesses 17% 8% 29% 8%
Balance the interests of businesses and workers 14% 29% 5% 15%
Don’t know 17% 10% 14% 17%

41% think that the Federal Labor Government favours the interests of workers, 28% think they favour the interests of businesses and 14% think they balance their interests.

Labor voters think the favour workers over business by 40% to 21% and 29% think they balance their interests.

Liberal /National voters are much less likely to think they balance their interests – 50% think they favour workers’ interests and 31% think they favour businesses. Greens voters are more likely to think they favour the interests of businesses (40%) over workers (28%).

The only substantial difference across demographic groups is that 20% of older respondents (aged 55+) think the Government balances the interests of businesses and workers.

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