Essential Report

4-year terms

Aug 1, 2017

Q. In Australia, Federal elections are currently held every 3 years, although the Government can decide to hold an election earlier. Would you support or oppose changing to 4-year fixed terms so that elections are held every 4 years on the same date?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote Other   Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
Total support 58%   60% 64% 56% 50%   52% 56% 68%
Total oppose 24%   24% 22% 24% 37%   25% 25% 20%
Strongly support 18%   20% 19% 19% 17%   13% 16% 27%
Support 40%   40% 45% 37% 33%   39% 40% 41%
Oppose 15%   17% 16% 14% 15%   17% 15% 12%
Strongly oppose 9%   7% 6% 10% 22%   8% 10% 8%
Don’t know 18%   16% 14% 20% 13%   23% 19% 12%

58% support 4-year fixed terms for Federal Parliament and 24% oppose.

Those most likely to support 4-year fixed terms were Liberal/National voters (64%), men (65%) and aged 55+ (68%).

Those most likely to oppose 4-year fixed terms were other party voters (37%) and aged 18-24 (41%).

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