Attitudes to electoral reform: ANU poll August 2013

12 Aug 2013

This poll contributes to the ongoing debate about electoral reform by examining how the public views the act of voting, the funding and integrity of elections, minority government and political representation generally.

Key points

  • A majority of voters consistently support compulsory voting, and there has been relatively little change in these proportions since the 1950s.
  • A majority of the electorate disapproves of large private donations to political parties, regardless of their source.
  • The public believes that a government formed by one party is best at providing stability, but opinions are divided on what is best to deliver other outcomes.
  • The economy and jobs are seen as the most important issues facing the country, almost doubling as a concern since 2010.
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