Essential Report

Voting age

Nov 10, 2015

Q. Thinking about the voting age, which of the following options would you favour?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

Keep the compulsory voting age at 18

77%

74%

88%

59%

75%

66%

81%

84%

Reduce the compulsory voting age to 16

4%

7%

3%

3%

8%

6%

5%

1%

Reduce the voting age to 16 but make it voluntary for 16 and 17 year olds

14%

16%

8%

35%

15%

20%

10%

12%

Don’t know

4%

3%

2%

3%

3%

7%

4%

2%

77% favour keeping the compulsory voting age at 18, 14% favour making voting voluntary for 16 and 17 year old and only 4% favour reducing the compulsory voting age to 16.

Those most likely to support giving 16-17 year olds the vote (either voluntary or compulsory) were Greens voters (38%) and those aged 18-24 (33%).

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