Essential Report

Medivac Bill and Vote

Feb 26, 2019

Q. To what extent will the issue of medical evacuations have on your voting intention at the next Federal Election?

Total Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
It will have a strong influence on my vote at the upcoming election 27% 30% 23% 24% 25% 30%
It will have a moderate influence on my vote at the upcoming election 35% 32% 38% 47% 35% 25%
It will have no influence on my vote at the upcoming election 38% 38% 39% 29% 40% 44%

 Just over a quarter said that the Medivac bill will have a strong influence on their vote at the next Federal Election. Those most likely to say this were “Other voters” (36%), Liberal/National voters (32%), males (30%) and those aged 55+ (30%).

35% said it will have a moderate influence on their vote at the next election, with those most likely to say this being those aged 18-34 (47%), women (38%), and Greens voters (38%).

38% said it will have no influence on their vote at the next election, with those most likely to say this being those aged 55+ (44%), Labor voters (42%), and those aged 35-54 (40%).

Total Labor Liberal + National Greens NET: Other
It will have a strong influence on my vote at the upcoming election 27% 21% 32% 25% 36%
It will have a moderate influence on my vote at the upcoming election 35% 37% 34% 38% 33%
It will have no influence on my vote at the upcoming election 38% 42% 34% 37% 31%


Crosstabulation – Importance of Medivac bill by attitude to Medivac bill

Strong influence Moderate influence No influence
This legislation does not go far enough to provide humane treatment for people in offshore detention 19% 17% 12%
This legislation strikes a balance between strong borders and humane treatment for people in offshore detention 20% 46% 44%
This legislation will weaken our borders and result in boats arriving in Australia as they have in the past 57% 24% 18%
Unsure 4% 14% 26%

Of those who said that the Medivac bill will have a strong influence in how they vote at the upcoming election, 57% were of the view that the legislation will weaken our borders, and 19% said it does not go far enough to provide humane treatment for those in offshore detention.

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