Protest Activity

Nov 12, 2019

Q. Have you personally ever taken part in any of the following…?

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Signed an online petition 44% 39% 48% 45% 44% 42%
Signed a written petition 39% 37% 41% 33% 34% 50%
Attended a march or rally 17% 18% 16% 24% 12% 16%
Gone on strike from work 13% 18% 8% 13% 10% 14%
Signed up to an online political campaign 10% 11% 10% 16% 9% 7%
None of these 37% 39% 35% 31% 41% 39%
NET: Any of these 63% 61% 65% 69% 59% 61%
Base (n) 1,075 526 549 327 371 377
  • Almost two-thirds (63%) of people have ever participated in a protest activity – either attending a strike or rally, or signing up to a petition or campaign.
  • Signing online and written petitions are the most popular forms of protest (44% and 39% respectively have done this). Less than a fifth have ever a march or rally (17%) and 13% have been on strike.
  • Women are more likely than men to have signed petitions (48% to 39% for online petitions and 41% to 37% for written petitions), while men are more likely to have been on strike (18% to 8%).
  • People aged 18-34 are more likely than other to have attended a protest or rally (24% compared to 14% of those aged 35+).
Total Voting Intention
Labor Coalition Greens NET: Other
Signed an online petition 44% 43% 37% 71% 59%
Signed a written petition 39% 37% 39% 51% 50%
Attended a march or rally 17% 16% 13% 43% 21%
Gone on strike from work 13% 17% 10% 12% 12%
Signed up to an online political campaign 10% 11% 9% 18% 13%
None of these 37% 38% 39% 18% 31%
NET: Any of these 63% 62% 61% 82% 69%
Base (n) 1,075 325 377 107 155
  • Greens voters are most likely to have participated in any activity (82%), with signing online petitions (71%), written petitions (51%) and attending marches or rallies (43%) being most popular.
  • Those with a university education are more likely to have participated in protest activities are (69% to 60% of all others). They are more likely to have attended a march or rally (24% to 14%), gone on strike (18% to 10%) and signed up to an online campaign (16% to 8%).

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