An interesting poll here commissioned by the Institute of Public Affairs, a Melbourne thinktank.
The Newspoll survey finds that most Australians (57%) support a first-past-the-post (FPP) voting system compared with 37% who support Australia’s current preferential system.
Both systems are constituency-based compared with MMP, which is a proportional system – the make-up of parliament is essentially determined by the party vote.
Both FPP and a preferential voting (PV) system will be on the ballot paper for next year’s MMP referendum. The two systems will also be the subject of a referendum next year in the United Kingdom.
PV can encourage strategic voting and is not necessarily an accurate reflection of voters’ preferences. All voting systems have pros and cons. The great political philosopher Karl Popper considered the key feature of a good democratic system was the ability it gave voters to throw out a government it disliked. FPP does that decisively whereas PR systems like MMP don’t.
The full study is here