Essential Report

Party membership

Apr 30, 2014

Q. Would you ever consider becoming a member of a political party?

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Yes

15%

18%

13%

19%

12%

No

72%

69%

75%

62%

73%

I am already a member of a political party

1%

1%

2%

1%

3%

Don’t know

12%

13%

9%

17%

12%

Just 15% of Australians would consider becoming a member of a political party (1% said that they were already a member of a political party).

Greens voters (19%) were the most likely to state that they would consider becoming a member of a political party. Lib/Nat voters (13%) and those that vote for other parties (12%) were the least likely.

Males (20%) were more likely than females (10%) to state that they would consider joining a political party.

81% of those aged under 30, compared to 69% of those aged 31-50 and 71% of those aged 50+ said that they would not ever consider joining a political party.

Political activities

Apr 30, 2014

Q. Which of the following political activities have you ever been involved in?

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Currently a member of a political party

2%

1%

2%

1%

3%

Previously been a member of a political party

4%

4%

5%

1%

2%

Campaigning work for a political party or candidate – e.g. letterboxing, door knocking, phone canvassing

2%

2%

1%

1%

4%

Handed out how-to-vote cards on election day

5%

5%

5%

7%

8%

Been to a candidates meeting

1%

2%

1%

4%

Attended a rally

4%

3%

3%

11%

7%

Signed an online petition or taken other online action

20%

24%

14%

37%

21%

None of them

60%

56%

68%

37%

55%

Don’t know

2%

3%

1%

1%

1%

 Overall, 60% of Australians said that they had not undertaken any of the political activities listed.

Of the actions listed ‘signed an online petition or taken other online action’ (20%) was the most commonly undertaken.

5% or less had undertaken any of the other activities.

Greens voters were less likely to select ‘none of them’ (37%), and were far more likely than the other voters to have signed an online petition or taken other online action (37% compared to just 20% overall).

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