Election date

Jul 8, 2013

Q. Do you think the Federal election should be held on September 14th as currently scheduled, earlier or later?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

On September 14th

39%

44%

38%

49%

Earlier

27%

15%

41%

9%

Later

16%

24%

10%

14%

Don’t know

19%

16%

12%

29%

39% favoured keeping the election date as scheduled, 27% want it earlier and 16% prefer it later. The current date was most favoured by Greens voters (49%) and Labor voters (44%). Liberal/National voters were divided – 41% want it earlier and 38% prefer the scheduled date.

Election date announcement

Feb 5, 2013

Q.The Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced the Federal Election will be held on September 14 this year. Do you approve or disapprove of the election date being announced nearly 8 months in advance?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total approve

48%

73%

35%

45%

Total disapprove

34%

13%

50%

35%

Strongly approve

15%

24%

10%

16%

Approve

33%

49%

25%

29%

Disapprove

19%

10%

25%

26%

Strongly disapprove

15%

3%

25%

9%

Don’t know

19%

14%

16%

20%

48% approve of the announcement of the next Federal election date and 34% disapprove. 73% of Labor voters approve compared to 45% of Greens voters and 35% of Liberal/National voters. 50% of Liberal/National voters disapprove.

There were no major differences by demographics – although men were a little more likely to approve (53%) and women a little more likely to disapprove (38%).