Essential Report

Senate voting

Jul 19, 2016

Q. Do you think the changes made to Senate voting prior to the election made voting for the Senate in this election easier or more difficult?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Total easier 19%   20% 18% 22% 23%
Total more difficult 37%   39% 43% 33% 29%
Much easier 5%   5% 4% 5% 6%
Easier 14%   15% 14% 17% 17%
More difficult 24%   25% 28% 21% 20%
Much more difficult 13%   14% 15% 12% 9%
Made no difference 25%   25% 27% 20% 32%
Not sure 16%   14% 11% 22% 16%
Didn’t vote 4%   2% 1% 3% 1%

19% thought that the changes to Senate voting made voting easier and 37% thought it made voting more difficult.

Those most likely to think it made voting more difficult were aged 65+ (50%), aged 55-64 (43%) and those who had not completed year 12 (43%).

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