Essential Report

Effect of compulsory voting

May 2, 2017

Q. If voting were voluntary, how likely would you be to vote in Federal and State elections?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Aug ‘16
Total Likely 80%   83% 91% 85% 78%   72%
Total Unlikely 12%   12% 8% 6% 17%   19%
I would definitely vote 58%   61% 67% 66% 55%   48%
It is likely I would vote 22%   22% 24% 19% 23%   24%
It is unlikely I would vote 9%   8% 7% 5% 13%   13%
I would definitely not vote 3%   4% 1% 1% 4%   6%
Don’t know 7%   5% 2% 8% 6%   8%

 

80% said they would be likely to vote in a federal election, even if voting were voluntary (up 8% from August 2016), and 12% said they would be unlikely to vote if voting were voluntary (down 7%).

Those who said they were most likely to vote if voting were voluntary were Liberal/National voters (91% total likely) and those earning more than $104,000 per year (89%).

Those who said they were least likely to vote if voting were voluntary were than earning less than $31,200 per year (22% total unlikely) and those who did not complete year 12 (20%).

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