Essential Report

Support for compulsory voting

May 2, 2017

Q. Australia has a compulsory voting system. Other nations like the US and UK have voluntary voting. Do you think voting in Federal and State elections should be compulsory or voluntary?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Voting should be compulsory 66%   70% 74% 72% 51%
Voting should be voluntary 27%   24% 24% 21% 44%
Don’t know 7%   6% 2% 6% 5%


66% thought that voting should be compulsory. Those most likely to think that voting should be compulsory were those aged 65+ (78%) and Liberal/National voters (74%).

27% thought that voting should be voluntary. Those most likely to think that voting should be voluntary were those independent/other party voters (44%), those aged 35-44 (33%) and Queenslanders (33%).

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