Following Federal politics

Sep 3, 2019

Q. Which of the following statements best describes your following of Federal politics?

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
I follow it closely 15% 22% 9% 14% 14% 17%
I follow it enough to know what’s happening 38% 41% 35% 27% 34% 51%
I follow it when something big is happening 23% 21% 25% 26% 27% 18%
I only pay attention when there’s an election 8% 6% 11% 11% 10% 5%
I have no interest in politics 15% 11% 20% 22% 16% 9%
Base (n) 1,075 527 548 328 373 374

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention (Lower House)
Labor NET: Coalition Greens Independent / Other
I follow it closely 15% 17% 18% 14% 12%
I follow it enough to know what’s happening 38% 35% 50% 37% 37%
I follow it when something big is happening 23% 26% 21% 28% 18%
I only pay attention when there’s an election 8% 12% 5% 10% 9%
I have no interest in politics 15% 20% 6% 11% 23%
Base (n) 1,075 336 381 100 137
  • Just 15% of people say they closely follow Federal politics, and the same proportion say they have no interest in politics.
  • Those most likely to say they closely follow Federal politics are men (22%), those aged over 55 (17%) and Coalition voters (18%).
  • Those most likely to say they have no interest in politics are women (20%), younger people aged 18-34 (22%), Labor voters (20%) and those who intend to vote for an independent candidate or other party (23%).

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