Vote Compass

This is the second election that I have taken the ABC’s Vote Compass survey where voters take a quick survey of 30 questions about policy matters, and Vote Compass shows where they stand in relation to the policies of the political parties.

The 2014 Vote Compass survey results give a halo (standard error?) around your position on the graph. I am shown as more Socially Progressive than all parties but somewhere between the ALP and the GRN on the Economic Left. I’d class myself as a Whitlam era ‘traditional Labor’ voter and feel disillusioned with ‘new Labor’ so this result is not really surprising. I am the voter that Labor lost with its dog whistle for border security and other such policies that Labor now seems to be happy with.

❝ Ninety per cent of Australians identified with the two major parties in the early 1970s but now it is less than three-quarters. Less than a third of voters have much confidence in them. Political party membership across the board is at negligible levels. ❞
— Vote Compass: Why so many Australians are looking for direction (2016-May-16) ABC: The Drum

The 2016 Vote Compass survey results have modified the axis labels (and scale?) so you need to interpret more than compare between the graphs. I am shown as less Socially Progressive than GRN (but only slightly) and more Socially Progressive than ALP. For Economics I am slightly more progressive than the GRN (but now much closer to the GRN position); I’m not really sure that this is the case.


An interesting factor in the 2016 Vote Compass is that the party policies appear to have been put in as the upper and lower limits of the issues sliders, this impacts the position if you are outside of the scale, I think this scale shifting is affecting the outcomes for some items.

eg. The Australian constitution should recognise Indigenous people as Australia’s first inhabitants.
You have the options to choose between;
Strongly disagree <—> Strongly Agree, or Don’t Know.

In this question I’d prefer a treaty than constitutional recognition, but constitutional recognition is a fall back position so I’m “Somewhat agree” on the slider but in the graphing of the Social Progressiveness of my actual opinion I think that the treaty would be seen as more Socially progressive than “strongly agree” for the constitutional recognition, but the “Somewhat agree” is scored lower so this is an artifact of the working of the question. I don’t remember this being as much as an issue last time I did the survey, but this year there were several of the questions that created a similar effect.

Do you think this affected your results?

[1] Vote Compass Methodology
[2] Vote Compass explained: What is it, and how does it work? (2016-May-08)

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