Low Opinion of Democracy Among Australia's Young Voters



Gen Y Not Sold on Democracy
The Lowy Institute


The Lowy Institute Poll 2012 found only 60% of Australians believe democracy was their preferred form of government. The polling found a similar result (62%) in Indonesia, one of the world’s largest democracies.

The figures are more stark among younger Australians where only 39% of people between the ages of 18 and 29 believe ‘democracy is preferable to any other kind of government’.

Nearly a quarter of Australians believe non-democratic government might be preferable in some circumstances, while 25% of those surveyed in Fiji, which was under a military dictatorship at the time, expressed the same sentiments.


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Published Date
June 5, 2012