Sunday 24 April 2011 9.44pm
I guess we're all going to see movie x then, even if more of us don't want to than do.
I think the poll question you cite may be slightly misleading but I don't know enough about the poll. Here's why:
In Oz there are 2 types of AV. The first is used (from what I've read) in federal elections and in this system a voter *has* to rank all candidates in order of preference. I can see this as being annoying because its rare that you research every last candidate before voting but for your vote to count , you have to rank all the candidates. I can understand that people may feel, *!*& that, lets just have FPTP.
The second type of AV voting in Oz is the type that is being proposed in the UK. You only rank the candidates you care about. If you want, you can vote for only 1 candidate. Or if there are 2 candidates you would prefer you can rank them 1, 2. I can see this giving this type of poll the 60-40ish split that is cited.
Just to round things out here are a few other places where AV voting is used:
From Wikipedia wrote:
Instant runoff voting is used to elect... the President of Ireland the national parliament of Papua New Guinea, and the House of Representatives of Fiji. It is also used in Irish by-elections and for electing hereditary peers for the British House of Lords.
IRV is employed by several jurisdictions in the United States, including San Francisco Oakland, California, Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota
It is used to elect the leaders of the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats in the United Kingdom and the leader of the Liberal Party of Canada in a national primary and in the elections of city mayors in a number of countries including the UK (in the variant known as Supplementary Vote) and New Zealand.
Many private associations also use IRV, including the Hugo Awards for science fiction and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in selection of the Oscar for best picture.]