New research from Momentum Intelligence outlines who Australian legal professionals plan to vote for in the impending federal election and the issues they care about.
In December 2021, the Momentum Intelligence Insight survey was conducted, exploring the political trends of industry players in legal services, mortgages, financial advice and wealth management, real estate, aviation, defense and national security.
A total of 360 lawyers, spanning all voting age demographics, completed the survey, out of a total of 3,257 responses.
Lawyer voters go for Labor and Albo
Of more than 3,000 professionals polled, nearly three in five (58%) plan to vote for a new coalition government, compared to one in three (34%) who will vote for Labour. 8% say they are undecided.
Six out of seven sectors say they plan to vote out TNL, with mortgage professionals strongly in favor of the Coalition at 71%, against the aviation sector at 55%.
The one sector that is bucking the trend is the Australian legal profession.
Three in five lawyers (61%) who responded to the survey plan to vote for the ALP, compared to only one in three (34%) who vote for the LNP. Only 5% of lawyers say they don’t know who they are voting for.
When asked who their favorite Prime Minister was, 58% of lawyers answered Anthony Albanese, while only 28% answered Scott Morrison. 14% said they didn’t know.
The preferred PM query provided another stark contrast to other professional sectors, with 51% of the seven sectors combined siding with Morrison, more than 30% backing Albanese.
Lawyers’ voting preferences also seem to be quite entrenched.
On a scale of 1 to 5 (‘1’ being not at all certain and ‘5’ being extremely certain), 39% of lawyers ticked ‘4’ and 16% ticked ‘5’ to confirm their intention to vote Labour, while that only 8% ticked “4” and 17% ticked “5” when declaring their intention to vote for the Coalition.
Climate, economy and the ICAC are the most important issues for lawyers
The aforementioned voting preferences of Australian legal professionals are potentially explained by the issues these lawyers consider most important as we head into a federal election.
As part of the survey, respondents were given a list of political, social, cultural, fiscal, environmental, trade and other issues to consider, and were asked to select any issues they felt were “most important” when voting.
More than one in three lawyers see climate change and the environment (62%) and the economy (61%) as key issues.
The economy was, by far, the most important issue for respondents across all sectors (70%), indicating that lawyers may prioritize the economy a little less than others. other problems than their counterparts in professional services.
Conversely, only half (49 percent) of the seven sectors combined considered climate change and the environment to be an issue of high importance, suggesting that lawyers are more concerned about this issue.
Elsewhere, 46% of lawyers indicated that the creation of a federal ICAC was something more important to them, while 45% highlighted housing affordability and 38% referred to the federal management of the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19.
Interestingly, legal professionals in Australia seem significantly more invested in creating an ICAC than in other professional sectors, with only 24% of respondents across all seven sectors noting this as an important issue.