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%).

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