Interest in Watching Leaders Debate

Jul 26, 2010

Q. On Sunday night the leaders debate between Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott will be televised. Do you plan to watch the leaders’ debate?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other or indep. Don’t know/ refused vote
Definitely watch 14% 19% 16% 12% 3% 4%
Probably watch 30% 35% 33% 31% 24% 13%
Probably won’t watch 21% 20% 23% 29% 25% 13%
Definitely won’t watch 26% 16% 25% 25% 44% 46%
Don’t know 9% 11% 4% 3% 2% 25%

44% said they would definitely or probably watch the leaders’ debate. 54% of Labor voters were likely to watch, compared to 49% of Liberal/National voters and 43% of Greens voters. Of those who could not say who they would vote for, only 17% said they would definitely or probably watch the debate.

Older respondents were more likely to watch – 52% of those aged 55+ compared to 33% of those aged under 35.

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