Q. If voting at elections was voluntary (i.e. not compulsory) – how likely would you be to vote in the next Federal election?
|Total||Vote Labor||Vote Lib/Nat||Vote Greens|
|Total definitely/probably vote||82%||85%||89%||78%|
|Total definitely/probably not vote||14%||12%||9%||19%|
|Would definitely vote||59%||62%||65%||61%|
|Would probably vote||23%||23%||24%||17%|
|Probably wouldn’t vote||10%||8%||7%||18%|
|Definitely wouldn’t vote||4%||4%||2%||1%|
82% said they would definitely or probably vote if voting was voluntary. 14% said they definitely or probably would not vote.
Coalition and Labor voters were more likely to vote and Greens voters somewhat less likely.
By age, 73% of those aged under 35 said they would vote compared to 82% of those aged 35-54 and 91% of those aged 55+.
The estimated vote excluding those who would probably or definitely not vote produces a first preference vote of 52% Liberal/National, 30% Labor, 11% Greens and 7% other. The two-party preferred estimate is 58% Liberal/National and 42% Labor (compared to the current estimate of 57%/43%) – suggesting that voluntary voting would only very slightly advantage the Coalition.
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