Essential Report

Views towards early federal election

Feb 2, 2021

Q. Some have suggested that the Prime Minister might call an early election later in 2021. It is not due until 2022.

Which of the following is closer to your view?

  Total Gender Age Group Federal Voting Intention
  Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+ Labor TOTAL: Coalition Greens TOTAL: Other
An early federal election in 2021 will be good for Australia, because a lot has changed since the last election 42% 42% 43% 50% 46% 31% 47% 39% 50% 41%
It would just be opportunism for the Prime Minister to call an early election, and the federal election should stay in 2022 58% 58% 57% 50% 54% 69% 53% 61% 50% 59%
Base (n) 1,092 532 560 318 391 383 361 400 97 126
  • More Australians think it would just be opportunism for the Prime Minister to call an early election, and the federal election should stay in 2022 (58%), than those who think an early federal election in 2021 will be good for Australia, because a lot has changed since the last election (42%).
  • Most of those over 55 think the federal election should stay in 2022 (69%), compared to just over half of those 35-54 (54%) and half (50%) of those 18-34.
  • The majority of Coalition voters (61%) and Labor voters (53%) would prefer to keep the election for the next scheduled date in 2022.

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