RTE article A new national poll has found that most Australians have no intention of voting for the federal Labor Party, but are instead concentrating their votes on the Greens, the Palmer United Party and the PalmerUnited Party.
The new survey by ABC/Radio National found that just under two in three Australians (42 per cent) were planning to vote for Labor, with the Greens and PalmerUnited on 12 per cent and 14 per cent respectively.
The survey of 1,000 adults found that two-thirds (67 per cent), are satisfied with their current political situation.
The results are a result of a poll conducted for the ABC and Radio National by Abacus Data for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Australian Bureau of Statistics, which was conducted between July 17 and 20, 2016.
The survey found that while the ALP was viewed as a viable option, two-in-three Australians were not prepared to support it as an option.
However, despite the perceived lack of support for the party, two in five people (38 per cent ) said they would consider voting for Labor at the next election.
Support for the Greens was highest among the aged and the unemployed, at 59 per cent, while only 16 per cent of those over the age of 65 indicated they would not vote for the Labor Party.
Support was also highest among young people (55 per cent ), women (53 per cent , and men (53.6 per cent)) and people who are financially disadvantaged (50 per cent ).
The survey also found that more people believed in the potential of the Greens than in the Labor party.
When asked to choose between the Greens as a “candidate”, one in three (31 per cent – up from 17 per cent in 2015) said they were “not sure”.
This was higher than the proportion who thought the Labor National Party was “not very good”.
However, when asked if they would vote Labor at this election, nearly half (47 per cent; up from 34 per cent last year) said yes.
“When it comes to the future of the country, a significant proportion of Australians have little or no confidence in the current political parties and the direction of the political debate,” Professor John McTiernan, chief executive of the Australian Electoral Commission, said in a statement.
“It is clear that Australians are fed up with the lack of consensus and the lack in support for either major party.”
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