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One in three Aussies will vote for the same party as their parents, survey reveals


One in three Aussies will vote for the same political party as their parents, a new survey has revealed.

According to new research by Finder, the equivalent to more than six million people will vote for the same political party as their parents due to holding a similar stance.

The research of 954 respondents found 1 in 6 (17%) said voting for the opposite political party has no ramifications within the family, while 4 per cent – equivalent to 777,000 people – admitted voting for a party dissimilar to their parents causes tension.

Finder senior editor of money Sarah Megginson says it can be hard to break away from a parents’ political stance.

“As a child we may learn how our parents vote when we witness political discussions at home,” she says.

“And for a third of Aussies, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree when it comes to political preferences.

“How people vote is influenced by many factors and pressure from peers, parents, partners and the community certainly come into play.”

The data shows 28 per cent are unaware of who their parents vote for.

A further 7 per cent say they don’t know themselves, which political party is for them.

Ms Megginson says voting is a personal decision and should not be dictated by anyone else’s opinion but your own.

“It’s important to do your own research to make the best-informed decision based on your own beliefs, situation and needs.

“If it’s going to be a source of tension with your family, be vague if they ask who you voted for. You’re not obliged to disclose it, even to your loved ones!

“Adopt a politician’s strategy and give a non-answer: ‘Yes I voted, so glad that’s behind us and we can move on. Were you getting sick of all the political advertising too?’”

Finder research found that Gen Z (37%) are more likely to vote for the same party as their parents than any other generation.

Election 2022 housing policy round-up:
 The Coalition:
  • Super Home Buyer Scheme (first home buyers can access up to $50,000 of their superannuation to use as a house deposit).
  • Regional Home Guarantee (10,000 buyers with low deposits can avoid LMI when buying in regional Australia).
  • Expansion of the First Home Guarantee by 35,000 places per year (buyers can avoid LMI while buying with a deposit as low as 5%).
  • 5,000 more places for the Family Home Guarantee (single parents can get support to buy a home with just a 2% deposit).
  • $2 billion in additional funding for social housing and affordable rental dwellings.
 The Labor Party:
  • Help to Buy Scheme (helping 10,000 first home buyers a year buy a home with a low deposit while avoiding LMI, with the government purchasing part of your home).
  • Regional First Home Buyer Support Scheme (10,000 first home buyers can buy homes in regional Australia with 5% deposits while avoiding LMI).
  • $10 billion Housing Australia Future Fund (the fund will provide 10,000 affordable homes for frontline workers and 20,000 social housing properties).
  • Indigenous housing ($100 million for housing infrastructure in the Northern Territory plus $200 million for remote Indigenous housing repairs and upgrades in WA, SA, NT and QLD).
 The Greens:
  • Build 1 million homes (a combination 750,000 public and community housing dwellings, 125,000 affordable public rental dwellings and 125,000 affordable homes available for purchase under a shared ownership scheme).
  • Strengthening renters rights across the nation.