Influence on vote

Apr 15, 2013

Q. When deciding your vote in Federal elections, which of the following are you mostly influenced by?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

The individual candidate

21%

22%

18%

29%

The candidate’s political party

47%

48%

56%

47%

The leader of the political party

21%

21%

22%

17%

Don’t know

11%

9%

4%

7%

47% of respondents said the political party is the main influence on their vote at Federal elections- 21% say they are mostly influenced by the individual candidate and 21% by the party leader.

Liberal/National voters (56%), those aged 55+ (53%) and incomes $1,600+ pw (56%) are more influenced by the party while Greens voters tend to be more influenced by the candidate (29%) and less by the leader (17%).

Election of Party Leaders

Mar 5, 2012

Q. Do you think party leaders should be elected mainly based on who voters favour or who the members of Parliament believe is the best person to lead their party?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

The person the voters favour

56%

52%

62%

40%

The person members of Parliament believe best to lead the party

30%

35%

28%

49%

Don’t know

14%

12%

11%

11%

A majority of 56% think that party leaders should be elected mainly based on who voters favour and 30% think that the leadership should go to the person the members of Parliament believe is to lead their party.

Liberal/National voters are more likely to think the leader should be the person the voters favour (62%) while Greens voters tended to favour the person members of Parliament believe best (49%).

Older voters (aged 55+) were a little more likely to leave the judgment to the Parliamentarians although still prefer the person the voters favour 53% to 39%.

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Preferred System for Electing Party Leaders

Mar 5, 2012

Q. Which of the following do you think would be the best way to elect national party leaders?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

The Australian system where the leader is elected by the Members of Parliament

36%

45%

36%

45%

The US system where registered voters in primaries elect the party’s candidate for President

31%

25%

36%

23%

The UK system where MPs, party members (and in Labour’s case, union members from affiliated unions) all get to vote for the party leader

11%

10%

8%

15%

Don’t know

23%

19%

19%

17%

36% prefer the Australian system of electing the party leader – 31% prefer the US system and 11% the UK system.

Labor and Greens voters were more likely to prefer the Australian system (45%) and Liberal/National voters the US system (36%).

45% of people aged 55+ and 45% of those on income of $1,600+ pw favoured the Australian system.

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