Interest in Politics and other topics

Sep 3, 2019

Q. How much interest do you have in each of the following?

  A lot of interest Some interest A little interest Not much interest No interest at all
Federal politics 19% 30% 22% 14% 14%
International relations 16% 33% 28% 12% 12%
State politics 15% 32% 27% 13% 14%
Local politics 12% 32% 27% 13% 15%
The football finals (AFL or NRL) 26% 18% 15% 12% 29%
The Ashes 18% 17% 16% 12% 36%
The Block 9% 13% 14% 15% 49%
The Bachelor 7% 10% 12% 13% 59%
  • Almost one fifth of participants (19%) say they have a lot of interest in Federal politics. This is lower than the 26% of people who have a lot of interest in the upcoming football finals.
  • Sporting events are polarising, as they generate both a high amount of interest (26% for football and 18% for The Ashes) or no interest at all (29% and 36%).
  • TV shows do not generate much interest, with just 9% having a lot of interest in The Block, and 7% in the Bachelor.

A lot of interest

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Federal politics 19% 24% 14% 13% 15% 29%
International relations 16% 21% 11% 13% 16% 18%
State politics 15% 21% 10% 10% 13% 22%
Local politics 12% 15% 9% 11% 11% 14%
The football finals

(AFL or NRL)

26% 32% 20% 22% 25% 30%
The Ashes 18% 27% 10% 17% 16% 21%
The Block 9% 8% 10% 11% 11% 6%
The Bachelor 7% 6% 7% 12% 8% 1%

 

  Total Federal Voting Intention (Lower House)
Labor NET: Coalition Greens Independent / Other
Federal politics 19% 20% 26% 16% 15%
International relations 16% 15% 19% 16% 17%
State politics 15% 18% 19% 12% 11%
Local politics 12% 13% 14% 12% 11%
The football finals

(AFL or NRL)

26% 31% 28% 16% 27%
The Ashes 18% 19% 24% 13% 15%
The Block 9% 11% 9% 10% 8%
The Bachelor 7% 8% 7% 6% 2%
  •  Men are more likely than women to say they have a lot of interest in all levels of politics and sporting events.
  • Older respondents (aged over 55) are more likely than those aged 18-34 to say they have a lot of interest in Federal and State politics (29% to 13%, and 22% to 10% respectively), but less likely to have interest in TV shows.

No interest at all

  Total Gender Age
Male Female 18-34 35-54 55+
Federal politics 14% 10% 18% 21% 16% 7%
International relations 12% 7% 16% 15% 14% 7%
State politics 14% 11% 17% 21% 15% 8%
Local politics 15% 12% 18% 22% 15% 9%
The football finals

(AFL or NRL)

29% 21% 35% 27% 28% 31%
The Ashes 36% 25% 47% 37% 38% 34%
The Block 49% 53% 45% 34% 48% 63%
The Bachelor 59% 61% 57% 37% 58% 79%

  

  Total Federal Voting Intention (Lower House)
Labor NET: Coalition Greens Independent / Other
Federal politics 14% 11% 8% 14% 23%
International relations 12% 10% 6% 8% 19%
State politics 14% 10% 8% 11% 22%
Local politics 15% 13% 8% 12% 21%
The football finals

(AFL or NRL)

29% 25% 21% 41% 38%
The Ashes 36% 34% 26% 44% 47%
The Block 49% 47% 47% 49% 59%
The Bachelor 59% 58% 57% 56% 72%

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