Essential Report

Compulsory voting

Oct 22, 2013

Q. Australia is one of the few countries in the world where voting is compulsory at state and federal elections.

Do you support or oppose compulsory voting in Australia?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total support

71%

79%

74%

71%

Total oppose

25%

19%

24%

26%

Strongly support

38%

47%

40%

30%

Support

33%

32%

34%

41%

Oppose

15%

13%

17%

15%

Strongly oppose

10%

6%

7%

11%

Don’t know

4%

2%

2%

3%

71% support compulsory voting and 25% oppose.

There was strong majority support from all demographic groups – especially over 65’s (94%), Labor voters (79%) and those with university educations (78%).

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