Gender in politics

Feb 5, 2019

Q. Currently there are 43 (out of 150) federal MPs who are women. To what extent to you agree or disagree with the following reasons why there are fewer women than men in parliament?

  Strongly agree + Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree + Strongly disagree Strongly agree Somewhat agree Somewhat disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
Political parties do not do enough to ensure gender equality in their organisations 57% 30% 22% 35% 19% 11% 14%
The process used by political parties to select electoral candidates favours men, rather than women 54% 28% 20% 34% 17% 11% 18%
Women choose not to get involved with politics 47% 41% 12% 35% 23% 19% 12%
Voters prefer to elect men, rather than women 39% 46% 10% 29% 28% 18% 15%
Women are less likely than men to have the experience and skills to make a good politician 20% 72% 7% 14% 23% 49% 8%

Over half of all people agreed that “Political parties do not do enough to ensure gender equality in their organisations” (57%), “The process used by political parties to select electoral candidates favours men, rather than women” (54%) and disagreed that “Women are less likely than men to have the experience and skills to make a good politician” (72%).

  Total

(Strongly agree + Somewhat agree)

Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Political parties do not do enough to ensure gender equality in their organisation 57% 53% 61% 59% 55% 56%
The process used by political parties to select electoral candidates favours men, rather than women 54% 50% 57% 56% 48% 57%
Women choose not to get involved with politics 47% 50% 44% 43% 44% 53%
Voters prefer to elect men, rather than women 39% 38% 40% 46% 37% 35%
Women are less likely than men to have the experience and skills to make a good politician 20% 25% 15% 29% 17% 15%

By gender, males were more likely than females to agree that “Women choose not to get involved with politics” (50% vs. 48%) and “Women are less likely than men to have the experience and skills to make a good politician” (25% vs. 15%). 

  Total

(Strongly agree + Somewhat agree)

Labor Liberal + National Greens NET: Other
Political parties do not do enough to ensure gender equality in their organisation 57% 64% 51% 70% 51%
The process used by political parties to select electoral candidates favours men, rather than women 54% 65% 48% 64% 45%
Women choose not to get involved with politics 47% 41% 56% 38% 52%
Voters prefer to elect men, rather than women 39% 40% 42% 45% 35%
Women are less likely than men to have the experience and skills to make a good politician 20% 16% 27% 14% 19%

Over half of voters for all political parties agreed that “Political parties do not do enough to ensure gender equality in their organisation”.