The new political debate over tobacco taxes has got me wondering: are smokers more likely to vote for parties of the right (because they believe in individual liberty) or parties of the left (because they tend to be poorer than non-smokers)?
The problem is, I can’t find a dataset that contains information on voting and smoking. Any suggestions? (You can rule out HILDA and ASSA, btw.)
Update: Regular reader Thinking in old ways finds some evidence in the NESSTAR data archives.
The June 1994 Saulwick poll reports that the smoking rates were:
29% other parties
So at least on these data, it looks like smokers are more likely to support Labor than the Coalition.
This is also consistent with Don Arthur’s findings from a survey in Budbury, WA.