Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 - Roy Morgan Research

Only 1 in 5 Australian electors (20.3%) pick Labor as the best party for providing ‘open and honest government’—and even the home team isn’t so sure: just 1 in 2 ALP first preference voters (50.5%) nominate it as the best party on the issue. 

Only 1 in 5 Australian electors (20.3%) pick Labor as the best party for providing ‘open and honest government’—and even the home team isn’t so sure: just 1 in 2 ALP first preference voters (50.5%) nominate it as the best party on the issue.

More electors (31.8%) think the LNP is the best choice for openness and honesty in government, and nearly two in three LNP first preference voters (65.7%) rate the party best on the issue.

11.9% of electors give Greens a tick as the best for open and honest government, 11.2% choose Independent/Other and 3.9% Family First.

Nationally, 17.1% of electors rate ‘open and honest government’ as one of the three issues most important to them. It ranks fourth behind ‘keeping day to day living costs down’ (35.8%), ‘improving health services and hospitals’ (27.5%) and ‘managing the economy’ (22.2%).

Among the nearly 2.5 million electors who give weight to open, honest government as a votable issue, both major parties suffer a drop from their national average: 17.1% say the ALP is better and 28.3% say LNP. More of these voters choose the Greens (18.5%) than the ALP.

Voters who say open, honest government is important are around 11% less likely to vote for the ALP and 12% less likely to vote for LNP than the national average; instead, they are 51% more likely to preference the Greens and 27% more likely to go with an independent candidate, Family First or another minor party.

Greens voters are the most likely to place importance on open and honest government. 25.9% of Greens voters select this issue compared to 24.2% of Independent/Other voters, 15.3% of ALP voters, 15.1% of LNP voters and 15.5% of Family First voters.

Michele Levine, CEO of Roy Morgan Research, says:

“The perception of Labor’s backroom leadership deals by ‘faceless men’ no doubt contributes to voters being left in doubt as to how ‘open and honest’ the party is.

“Perhaps the only potential point of salvation for Labor in this research is that, as the Coalition also receives only minority support on the issue, the higher level of belief in the openness and honesty of the Greens by those who care about such things results in preference flows to the ALP on Election Day.

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Source (all electors): Roy Morgan Single Source, January 2011 – December 2012. Base: Australian Electors, n= 87,416; ‘Can’t Say’ responses (24.5%) have not been included in chart; series do not add to 100% as respondents may select multiple parties.

Source (respondents who select issue): Roy Morgan Single Source, January 2011 – December 2012. Base: Australians Electors who select ‘open and honest government’ as one of up to three most important issue n= 6477; ‘Can’t Say’ responses (20.9%) have not been included in chart; series do not add to 100% as respondents may select multiple parties.


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