Essential Report

Voluntary voting

Jan 14, 2013

Q. Voting in Federal and State elections in Australia is compulsory. Would you support or oppose making voting voluntary at Federal and State elections?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Support

40%

34%

43%

40%

Oppose

49%

56%

49%

53%

Don’t know

11%

9%

8%

8%

40% support making voting voluntary at Federal and State elections and 49% oppose.

Highest support for voluntary voting was shown by Liberal/National voters (43%), respondents who don’t know which party they would vote for (48%), full-time workers (45%) and respondents aged 25-34 (49%).

Highest opposition to voluntary voting was shown by Labor voters (56%), and respondents aged 55+ (58%).

Likelihood of voting

Jan 14, 2013

Q. If voting at elections was voluntary, how likely would you be to vote in the next Federal election?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Would definitely vote

58%

61%

67%

67%

Would probably vote

25%

25%

23%

23%

Probably wouldn’t vote

9%

8%

5%

4%

Definitely wouldn’t vote

4%

4%

2%

2%

Don’t know

5%

2%

3%

3%

If voting at elections was voluntary, 83% said they would definitely or probably vote in the next Federal election – 13% said they would probably or definitely not vote.

Those least likely to vote were aged under 45 (17%) and respondents who did not know which party they would vote for (38%).

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