Essential Report

Voting if not compulsory

Aug 30, 2016

Q. If the national vote was not compulsory would you –

Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Men Women Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+   Vote yes Vote no
Definitely vote 48% 51% 51% 58% 51% 46% 51% 44% 46% 58% 54% 51%
Probably vote 24% 23% 27% 24% 22% 26% 22% 28% 24% 18% 27% 19%
Probably not vote 13% 14% 12% 11% 11% 12% 14% 13% 14% 12% 10% 14%
Definitely not vote 6% 4% 6% 1% 9% 8% 5% 9% 5% 5% 4% 11%
Not sure 8% 7% 5% 5% 8% 7% 9% 6% 11% 6% 5% 6%

If voting in the plebiscite on same-sex marriage was not compulsory, 48% say they would definitely vote, and 24% would probably vote. 19% would probably or definitely not vote.

81% of those voting “yes” would probably or definitely vote compared to 70% of those who would vote “no”.

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