Gender quotas

Feb 5, 2019

Q. To what extent do you support or oppose political parties setting gender quotas when selecting candidates to achieve a representative number of women in parliament?

Total Male Female Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
NET: Support 46% 45% 48% 59% 44% 38%
NET: Oppose 40% 44% 36% 29% 40% 49%
Strongly support 18% 17% 19% 26% 14% 14%
Somewhat support 29% 28% 29% 33% 30% 24%
Somewhat oppose 20% 21% 19% 16% 19% 22%
Strongly oppose 20% 23% 18% 12% 21% 26%
Don’t know 14% 12% 16% 12% 16% 14%

Just under one in five (18%) strongly support the introduction of gender quotas when selecting political candidates. Overall support was highest among 18-34 years olds (59%).

Total Labor Liberal + National Greens NET: Other
NET: Support 46% 59% 37% 65% 32%
NET: Oppose 40% 30% 50% 22% 52%
Strongly support 18% 24% 13% 27% 11%
Somewhat support 29% 36% 24% 38% 22%
Somewhat oppose 20% 17% 22% 16% 25%
Strongly oppose 20% 14% 29% 6% 28%
Don’t know 14% 10% 12% 13% 15%

Support for gender quotas was highest among Greens voters (65%), followed by Labor (59%). Under half of Coalition voters (37%) were in support.