But it's only really big in Victoria. NSfW and Queensland, it's all about the league (and the cane toad racing).
I'd actually like to get the answers for more meta-questions, like:
- have you always voted for the same party?
- how do your parents vote?
- when do you make up your mind on how to vote?
Also, maybe a longitudinal study on how attitudes shift during elections?
Yeah, but the Brits are as bad with soccer.
It must be a source of disappointment to Crosby Textor that Aussie hasn't got a consensus code of football to get behind.
So should we lose (which is possible, given that we have a soft group, NZ haven't played any northern hemisphere teams all year and they'll be straight in against France or Ireland in the quarter finals) will that mean that we'll be spun the story that they'd have won under a better flag?
The actual counting is done in secret, presumably so that how individuals vote remains secret (although as always, a postal ballot can never be properly secret as you can’t tell if anyone has seen, or even filled out on behalf, a voter’s ballot paper).
The results aren’t disclosed before the end of voting, which is the usual case with extended voting periods, to avoid a bandwagon effect.
The actual result totals for each choice will be published after the count is complete.
The process will be supervised by JPs and District Court judges* (but with no partisan observers, unlike a general election). Apart from that, it all seems reasonable. Would the government really try and rig the vote, with all the chances of being caught, over something as trivial?
* probably all reptilians. I’m sure there are enough reptilian illuminati JPs they can call on.
“Reducing taxes in general would help solve our economic problems”.
If you feed that sentence through a reading grader, it comes out at a (US) grade 12 (as in 6th/7th form - 17/18).
That's a higher level of literacy than most people can manage, so it'd quite possible that the anomalous results are caused by a failure to understand the question.
It's also a loaded question, because it implies its own correctness.
By principle you mean principal as in "the principal component" rather than principle as in "the principles of the party"?
Journalism used to be an honest profession
Maybe at some times in some places. Not others:
There are two groups who will vote against any of the government's new flags: lefties who don't like Key, and conservatives who like the current flag. These two groups don't overlap much, and so it's fairly likely they'll form a plurality and reject change.
If Key had been a bit smarter, he'd have shut up about his preferred choices, so that it isn't such a big defeat when the referendum votes for the status quo.
What he should do, and I'm slightly loath to provide this good advice, is to scrap the current process and do this:
- have an online STV vote for a fairly wide choice of flags, like the original longlist plus a few others
- make the winner of that an alternate official flag with the current one, just like God of Nations is our alternate anthem.
- which avoids the need for a second referendum
Around that time, someone surveyed a group of 13 year olds as to what video nasties they'd seen. They dropped an imaginary title into the possible options, which if not at the top, was certainly well up the list.
Also: who remembers I Spit on Your Gravy