The Australia Institute surveyed a nationally representative sample of 1,002 Australians about their Senate voting intentions and their understanding of how Senate voting works.
The results show:
- A significant proportion of Australians remain uncertain about important aspects of Senate preferential voting:
- More than four in ten (43%) respondents thought that putting a 6 beside a box made it harder for that party to be elected.
- One in two respondents (50%) thought that you should put a 6 beside the box of the party you dislike more than any other.
- When given an example, only three in 10 respondents (29%) were correct about how to vote in the Senate to make it hardest for a party they did not like to get elected.
- Over half (55%) chose an answer that may make it easier for a party they do not like to get elected.
- Only 31% Australians correctly answered that their Senate representatives are elected by the people living in their own state or territory.