Election season is here and Vote Compass is back


A lot has happened since the last federal election, with a global pandemic, floods, war in Europe and the rising cost of living.

As Australians prepare to return to the polls after a massive few years, Vote Compass is here to help you show how your opinions align with the policy positions of our political parties.

To find out where you stand on the political spectrum, all you need to do is answer a few quick questions.

Topics covered this year include:

  • What share of child care costs should be paid by the federal government?
  • How much money should unemployed Australians receive in unemployment benefits?
  • How much should Australia spend on foreign aid?

Vote Compass can be done on your smartphone and can provide new information, even if you have already done so.

Once you have completed the Vote Compass survey, you will be placed on a two-dimensional map representing the social and economic dimensions of political opinion.

It’s quite simple — the higher your circle is on the graph, the more socially progressive your views are. If your circle is lower, you are socially more conservative.

The more left your circle, the more left your economic views – and vice versa.

ABC election analyst Antony Green said using the Vote Compass tool was a good way to start thinking about political issues.

“It’s not often that people pay a lot of attention to politics, but if you do Vote Compass, you’re asked a whole series of questions about political issues and it helps you think about them,” he said. -he declares.

This is the fourth time the CBA has used Vote Compass for a federal election, and with more than one million people participating each year, it is the largest survey of voter attitudes in the country.

Should I do it again?

The term “unprecedented” has worked well over the past few years, but it should be noted that a lot has changed since the 2019 federal election.

Some of the 30 Vote Compass questions have already appeared, such as those on non-government school funding, whether Australia should become a republic and immigration figures.

But others focus on issues that have recently dominated the political agenda – think about wage increases for older workers and whether the federal government should buy private insurance for flood losses.

Mr Green said voters and political parties were grappling with whole new issues this election.

“COVID has also caused people to think more about nursing homes and retirement policy, and how we fund nursing homes, which has raised questions about these issues, which probably haven’t not received so much attention in the past.”

University of Sydney political scientist Peter Chen said not only have party political platforms changed since 2019, but many Australians have been forced to rethink their personal views.

“Obviously, the federal election cycle is relatively short…but to most people, I think the last federal election felt like an eternity.”

What Vote Compass is not

Dr Chen said that although Vote Compass was not a map explaining how to vote, it could help people engage in politics.

“Often you think you know where certain parties or leaders stand and what they stand for, but sometimes we’re wrong, and sometimes we’re wrong because we haven’t had time to pay attention to all the debates, and sometimes we’re wrong because there’s been a change of direction,” Dr Chen said.

The main purpose of Vote Compass is not to predict who might win the election, but to get Australians thinking and talking about important public policy issues.

It also goes help us get an idea of ​​what voters think about different issuess.

ABC News will regularly publish the results of the Vote Compass survey during the election campaign on its digital, television and radio platforms, to help Australians understand what voters think about key issues and our political leaders.

Vote Compass asks for your demographic data so that the results can be adjusted to reflect the Australian population, but your personal information is not linked to your survey responses.

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