a <preferential> voting system...are buffers against extremism


Is "preferential" used correctly here? It seems to me that "impartial/fair-play",rather than "preferential" should be used here. Because Australians would be more reluctant to vote for a politician who frequently lies. Yet being preferential is to unfairly vote for him even if he lies.


The team did not investigate the reasons for this difference, but they speculate that it has to do with the far more polarised nature of political culture in the US.

In Australia, voting is compulsory and there is a preferential voting system. “There are buffers against extremism in the Australian system that don’t exist in the US,” says Lewandowsky.

Source: New Scientist
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    No, preferential voting is where you indicate multiple preferences: you rank candidates 1 2 3 . . . instead of just putting an X against one. If your number 1 candidate is eliminated early, your vote can be transferred to your number 2 preference, and so on.
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