The ABC Reveals Fascinating Interactive Results From The Federal Election Vote Compass

After tallying some 1.4 million replies given in response to a variety of statements posed by The ABC’s illuminating 2013 Federal Election Vote Compass, Aunty has today released the Vote Compass Explorer – an interactive followup to the political literacy enlightening tool that presents a captivating insight into the prevailing mindset amongst the demographic of your choosing. 

According to The ABC, the final pool of data amassed from the survey was weighted against Census information and has been arranged by gender, age, education, enrolment as a student, religion, marital status, industry and state using the latest population estimates to create an as-close-to-true representation of opinion at the time of its undertaking from an effective data sample size of 573,444. The Explorer itself is a pretty fantastic resource from which you’re able to deduce some fascinating insights. For brevity’s sake – and to encourage you to seek out further information – here are a few select extremes gleaned from a demographic I’m guessing you might fit into – gender.
  • When it comes to the statement “Australia should end the monarchy and become a republic”, 27.4% of surveyed men and 18.9% of women were in strong agreement, whereas 24.2% and 28.2% respectively strongly disagreed. 
  • Where live animal exports are concerned, 16.5% of men and 37.3% of women strongly agreed in favour of banning exports; 28.5% of men and 10.8% of women strongly disagreed.
  • Where the definition of marriage as constituting the union of a man and woman was concerned, 31.2% of men and 48.4% of women disagreed with the existing definition; 34.2% of men and 21.6% of women strongly agreed.
[With the above examples, consideration also has to be made for those who felt somewhat ‘meh’ either way or entirely neutral toward the statement.] 
You can also view the Vote Compass data by location on a colour gradient map to see how strongly your neighbouring constituents felt about each issue. It’s genuinely fascinating stuff, extremely well-executed and highly-likely to distract you from the likelihood that you’ll be crushed by a satellite during your lunch break.
The new 44th Australian Parliament sits in Canberra tomorrow for the first time since the September election.

Photo: Mark Metcalfe via Getty

via The ABC