AUSTRALIA has the third-highest exit poll participation rate of any country in the world, according to a new report from exit polls provider Exit Poll.
India has one of the world’s highest exit poll turnout rates at 78 per cent, and is the most popular exit poll destination in the country, with around 10 per cent of all Australians opting to cast their vote for their favourite candidate.
However, exit poll data shows that in India, voters are turning away from the traditional voting system, with a growing number of people opting to vote by phone, in person or online.
The exit poll, which was released in December, found that while the electorate is predominantly aged over 65, the share of young people is on the rise.
“In the first two weeks of December, a quarter of eligible voters under the age of 30 are not voting, and a quarter are not eligible to vote,” said David Tarrant, CEO of Exit Poll Australia.
He added that this is the largest cohort of young voters to not vote in the history of exit poll surveys.
Voters also show a preference for the third party candidates, with voters aged between 18 and 34 making up nearly half of those opting to support one candidate, while those aged 35 to 49 make up another third of the electorate.
Exit Poll Australia surveyed 2,000 Australians over the course of the month.
It found that in the first week of December of this year, Australians aged 18 to 24, with an average age of 47 years, cast 4.3 per cent more votes for their preferred party, with support for Labor, the Greens and the ACT Libs at 4.6 per cent and 3.5 per cent respectively. AAP/ABC