Shockingly few people trust our politicians: ANU study

Trust in politicians and institutions at a 40-year low.

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Only one in four Australians have any faith in their political leaders and institutions, according to the latest Australian Election Study, placing Australia’s satisfaction in the democratic system is at its lowest point since the constitutional crisis of the 1970s.

The study was conducted by the Australian National University (ANU), which surveyed a nationally representative sample of more than 2100 voters, and revealed that just 59 per cent of Australians are satisfied with the way democracy is working. The historic low for satisfaction was 56 per cent recorded in 1979.

“I’ve been studying elections for 40 years, and never have I seen such poor returns for public trust in and satisfaction with democratic institutions,” said lead researcher Professor Ian McAllister.

“There is widespread public concern about how our democracy is underperforming.”

He said the findings were a clear warning the nation’s politicians needed to do better in their efforts to represent and win the confidence of everyday Australians.

“Trust in our politicians has been on a steady downward trend since 2007, when it sat at 43 per cent,” he said.

“In one of the most worrying findings from our study, a little over one in 10 Australians, 12 per cent, believe the government is run for ‘all the people’.

“In contrast, more than half – 56 per cent – say the government is run for a ‘few big interests’.

“This is a wake-up call.

“With faith in democracy taking major hits all over the globe, winning back the people’s trust and satisfaction would appear to be one of the most pressing and urgent challenges facing our political leaders and institutions.”

The latest study helped to explain Labor’s shock 2019 loss, revealing how the Coalition was perceived by voters to be better at managing the economy, while Labor led on environmental issues.

“Voters swung to the Coalition based on the economy, tax and leadership,” said researcher Dr Jill Sheppard. “Voters swung to Labor on the environment.

“What the study shows is that a key concern for voters was the economy. And this is what tipped the balance in favour of the Coalition.”

The study also found that the major parties are losing favour with Aussie voters.

“The study shows a clear rise in support for minor parties among voters, while 21 per cent of Australians don’t align with any party at all,” said Dr Sheppard.

It seems that despite widespread criticism, Prime Minister Scott Morrison is still the most popular leader since Kevin Rudd in 2007, scoring 5.1 out of 10 on a popularity scale. Former Labor leader Bill Shorten was the least popular leader of any major political party since 1990.

“Leaders have always played a major role in shaping voters’ choices and the 2019 election was no exception,” said study co-lead author Dr Sarah Cameron.

“But, the role of leadership in the 2019 election was different from other elections in two respects. First, Bill Shorten’s historically low popularity undoubtedly disadvantaged Labor.

“Second, the Liberals’ switch from Malcolm Turnbull to Scott Morrison was the fourth time a sitting prime minister had been replaced outside an election since 2010. A majority of voters, 74 per cent, disapproved of this.

“Voters are getting weary of constant changes of prime minister.”

In line with the latest Ipsos Issues Monitor, more voters than ever before said the environment was the most important issue when casting their vote, however he most important policy issues were management of the economy (24 per cent), health (22 per cent) and environmental issues (21 per cent).

When it came to voting on management of the economy, taxation and immigration policies, voters cast in favour of the Coalition. Voters preferred Labor’s policies on education, health and the environment.

Men (48 per cent) were more likely to vote for the Coalition than women (38 per cent), and women were more likely to vote for the Greens.

The 2019 election represented the lowest Liberal party vote on record for those under 35 (23 per cent) and the highest ever vote for the Greens (28 per cent).

Working class voters (41 per cent) are much more likely to vote Labor than middle class voters (29 per cent), with long-term trends showing an erosion of Labor’s working class base.

For more data and analysis, visit www.australianelectionstudy.org

Are you surprised by these results? Do today’s politicians warrant our trust? Of the current MPs in place, who do you trust?

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    The Bronze Anzac
    9th Dec 2019
    10:15am
    This is a complex issue, made worse by just 2,100 voters surveyed. Who do we trust in our current politicians.....not many, but I consider that Peter Dutton would be the most trustworthy ?
    Janus
    9th Dec 2019
    11:36am
    Dutton? Trustworthy?
    I guess that might be true, but if you hate what he says, you would maybe prefer he would lie to make it better...
    Incognito
    9th Dec 2019
    3:26pm
    Dutton is an alien. Would never trust a facist.
    MICK
    9th Dec 2019
    3:44pm
    2,100 voters is fine as long as your sampling is diverse enough. No good going to Pymble station or Mount Druitt station and trying to claim the result represent the views of Australians.
    How was the survey done Leon????
    sainter
    10th Dec 2019
    11:57am
    The amount of trust you could have for Dutton and number of his LNP mates could be etched on the back of a match box,with a crowbar.
    sainter
    10th Dec 2019
    11:57am
    The amount of trust you could have for Dutton and number of his LNP mates could be etched on the back of a match box,with a crowbar.
    ex PS
    13th Dec 2019
    11:44am
    Dutton can be trusted. He can be trusted to do what ever is best for his own ambitions. He can be trusted to never put humanity above goals.
    Yes I trust him, but I would never vote for him.
    Bundabergian
    9th Dec 2019
    10:20am
    When I was working we were measured against a set of indicators; targets against which we were measured and if found wanting we were out of a job. These pollies promise you the earth when campaigning, why don't we make that measurable and if they don't perform and just get their noses in the trough like their predecessors, they get bounced. They are supposed to be working for us, not feathering their own nests for a big retirement.
    Secondly, in the day where you had to give up life as you knew it to become a politician, it was reasonable to give travel expenses and support. These days normal working people do not, they take their own sandwiches for lunch or stay with a mate to save a few dollars.
    Our problem is that the people setting the rules are those that benefit from them, it needs to be the people...when the pollies truly represent their constituents (even once elected) we will be some way towards democracy!
    mogo51
    9th Dec 2019
    11:17am
    Agree and well articulated.
    Triss
    9th Dec 2019
    12:36pm
    I agree with you but how do you do it? As you said the politicians are the ones who make the rules that allow them to benefit from the taxpayers and they ignore anyone who disagrees.
    libsareliars
    9th Dec 2019
    12:38pm
    Iagree, well said Bundabergian
    tisme
    9th Dec 2019
    10:37am
    people are fed up till the election then they vote for someone , if enough people left the ballots blank .................. why wait till then , the bottom line is the pollies do what they do cos they know they can . whose going to stop them ?? not the people we cant be bothered, whats the point etc etc you show me an honest politician and i will show u a poor one ( how many of them do you know ?? we are running out of water we need dams they now say , the people said it near 15 years ago etc etc

    9th Dec 2019
    10:59am
    Another Learned study from a Learned Professor to tell us the bleedingly obvious... hence the teaching character I developed years ago no - Thaddeus Grimoire, Professor of BOSHT (the Bleedingly Obvious Stated in High-sounding Terms).

    Without the seal of approval of some learned academic, no idea, concept, or musing can become Knowledge... **rolls eyes**...
    Anonymous
    9th Dec 2019
    11:03am
    What tisme said about dams is a case in point... the Great Unwashed knew.. it took the Profs fifteen years to begin to catch up... and in the meantime the government(s) wasted billions of dollars on a stupid water licencing scheme whose only real benefit was to put some of that money into the fatally \flawed management scheme. Empire building it's called... and full steam ahead and damn the people ...
    Rosret
    9th Dec 2019
    11:10am
    That MDBS was not set up by this Government and decisions have been influenced by the States and the power of the deciding vote Greens.
    Once contracts have been signed a quick fix is exceedingly difficult. However what is going on being the scenes and out of the shock horror media will be far more productive. I really hope for the farmers a solution is resolved very soon.
    Rosret
    9th Dec 2019
    11:05am
    What a lot of rubbish! Did they ask which country they can compare it to that is going to do better.
    Australian's basically like to have a whinge but in reality this is where everyone is coming to not going from!
    Anonymous
    9th Dec 2019
    6:55pm
    As Brigadier McDonald said - There is always woom for impwovement...
    floss
    9th Dec 2019
    11:09am
    The pub test , would I buy a used car off Slow Mo no thank you.
    Rosret
    9th Dec 2019
    11:12am
    At least it would be a good car. :)
    floss
    9th Dec 2019
    11:16am
    After the way the Libs used Clive Palmer to win the last election would you ever trust a politician.
    Horace Cope
    9th Dec 2019
    12:14pm
    Fake news, floss. Palmer's ads and billboards promoted Palmer and denigrated all other politicians including Liberal and Nationals.
    libsareliars
    9th Dec 2019
    12:41pm
    Agreed floss - he wanted something off the LNP and he got it. A new coal mine in Qld in the future. It's not fake news Horace, the last week of the election we were bombarded with ads saying how bad Bill Shorten was.
    Horace Cope
    9th Dec 2019
    2:12pm
    Strange, libsareliars, that coal mining licences are a state matter and Queensland has a Labor government. You may wish to explain to us how a Federal government fits in to granting a mining licence in Queensland. You may also wish to let us know which mine that Palmer was granted a licence for.
    Janus
    9th Dec 2019
    11:46am
    Tiny sample, from 20 something million we get 20 something hundred.

    It is bleeding obvious that none of us oldies trust politicians as we have been dudded so many times. I can't wait for the house to be included in the assets test, and for the health care cards to be revoked.

    I completely trust the Libs to make things worse, to appeal to the greedy and the well off, and to punish the meek and the weak. Is that trust?? I am having trouble thinking of a single politician that I would trust. Some mean well, and have good intentions when they start off, but are stymied, blackmailed and coerced into following the System.

    This applies to all levels of government, and is now creeping into Public Servants. Can't trust them either, as they are forced to choose between a job and providing palatable or massaged advice.
    floss
    9th Dec 2019
    11:47am
    Roset perhaps you should read our P.Ms past work resume then you may change your mind.Would you trust a man with that type of back ground.
    Horace Cope
    9th Dec 2019
    12:13pm
    So, floss, all of your precious Labor people are squeaky clean? Do you want a list of those who have broken the law and spent time in Her Majesty's Prisons? Do you want a list of those who have rorted the electoral system to override the wishes of the electorate?
    Incognito
    9th Dec 2019
    3:28pm
    Yes would like to see the list HC.
    Rosret
    9th Dec 2019
    6:38pm
    Floss - you were talking about his used car. I am sure he would have a very nice car.

    As for political dissatisfaction I find that so many people are just breeding hate for the heck of it.
    I would love to see a little more respect, honor, kindness from the general public no matter who is in power in our democracy.

    If someone puts a photo of the fires, the drought, the anything the trash followers belittle the politicians. I would love people to say something nice for change.

    If we keep running down politicians all the time we are only going to get those with a very tough hide and not necessarily the most clever and astute.
    Anonymous
    9th Dec 2019
    6:57pm
    It's not relevant whether or not the opposition is 'squeaky clean' - I am on record as saying that none of them are clean, and I only vote Independents... what matters at the moment is pressure on the incumbent government to compel needed changes.. to many, many things...
    Anonymous
    9th Dec 2019
    6:58pm
    Oh, and the strand clearly discusses 'politicians' - not specific party animals... all are in the same boat...

    Trust none and you know you will come out ahead...
    Horace Cope
    9th Dec 2019
    12:01pm
    My major complaint with politicians, regardless of politics, is the urgent need to get re-elected above all. This manifests in trying to please all of the people all of the time. Very contentious issues such as climate change, dams, the Paris Agreement, HELE coal fired power stations and immigration are talked about but nothing gets done.

    Labor has morphed into an offshoot of the Greens and the Liberals are also adopting policies acceptable to the Greens. Both major parties should revert to what made them different from each other and stop trying to look like the other one. The Greens are far too radical and want to push their loony policies and if ignored may well go the way of the Democrats. Because the major parties acknowledge them by trying to appease rusted on Greens, they have moved away from their original intent.

    I agree with the theory that politicians are amongst the least trustworthy in the perception of voters and they only have themselves to blame. They need to have policies that work and then have the courage to implement those policies when elected. We need to get back to trusting the major parties so that minor parties are no longer attractive because the minor parties in the Senate are holding the country to ransom with parochial agendas. Let the Senate revert to the House of Review, not the House of Opposing Everything just because they can.
    Lookfar
    9th Dec 2019
    2:12pm
    Horace, I don't find much problem with the 1st and 3rd paragraph of your post, but the second I think needs rebuttal.
    I realise you are a 'rusted on' rightwing thing, but you don't seem to understand that times are changing, the world is not what it was, - now arguably going to hell in a bread basket, - so you can't judge situations by unmoving attitudes, - there is no going back, no refund, no compensation, most of us will have no surviving great grand children and our grand children will hate us for betraying them.
    The super rich, the billionaires may have great grandchildren, but probably that is it, - the ones who caused the problem get an extra generation, maybe, whoopee..
    So when you talk about labour morphing into greens, and liberals selling their souls to greens, it is simply a cry for 'no more change' - it is not realistic, politicians are waking up to th absolutely f'd situation they have put us all in and are trying to get out from under the blame.
    The blame is squarely the super rich and the ultra right, - they have done it again, greed and power do not engender a long lived civilisation, they have no wisdom and no morals, - so why shouldn't the major parties try to escape the blame even though they are all co-conspirators.
    I just think it unfair to criticise the slimeballs when they are just following their own natures, - at least they are listening to the majority, or the thinking majority. - that's what they do.
    Horace Cope
    9th Dec 2019
    2:44pm
    I don't really understand your post, Lookfar. Are you putting a time limit on civilisation with talk of not having great grandchildren? What problem are you claiming the "super rich" are responsible for? I'm not saying that political parties shouldn't change, my comment is saying that the two major parties have changed so much from their original manifesto that they are unrecognisable and it's hard to tell them apart. That means that we now vote for the individual, not the party and the ideals of the party. The last election was dumbed down to voting for the leader of the party, not the local member or the party itself. Labor used to pride itself on being for the working man or woman but their policies at the last election didn't show that. The Liberals have taken over a lot of the working class votes as Labor has strayed too far from its base.
    Incognito
    9th Dec 2019
    3:30pm
    Which loony Greens policies?
    Horace Cope
    9th Dec 2019
    4:13pm
    Rather than list them, I've added a link so you can see for yourself. Closing coal mines reducing the national herd, closing baseload power, they're all there. Ideology that will destroy Australia as we know and love it to no great end.

    https://greens.org.au/policy
    Incognito
    9th Dec 2019
    4:33pm
    I don't understand how you can think it will destroy Australia when the Government is doing a pretty good job of that already.
    The Bernster
    9th Dec 2019
    12:29pm
    I wish, I wish, I had charisma, the gift of the gag and an MBA or some Rhode Scholar, I’d run for parliament in a heartbeat, but alas all I have is compassion, empathy and some commonsense. Over the last 40 years of my voting, I’ve voted Liberal, Labour, Greens, Democrats and independents, and honestly none of them get it, or they are just there for their own rewards.
    As a 57yo, I say get rid of all MP’s over the age of 50. Their ideas are old and tried.
    Also stopped political donations. Full Stop.
    We need young progressive, critical thinkers who are not greed focused. I don’t care if they are male, female, black, white, Asian, gay, but they must be passionate to serve the people.
    Corporate and global greed is killing our society, worst part is, and most of us are complicit to the problem without realizing.
    Case in point, Woolworths profits exceed forecast, their shares go up, our super accounts or SMSF/self-retirees dividends increase in value, we all happy except the dairy farmer who is now only getting 40 cents a litre for their milk (recently upped to 47 cents per litre) so Woolies can sell it for $1 a litre, this helps the less fortunate demographic who are watching every cent since they were laid off from the dairy that couldn’t afford to employ them anymore.
    But all is not bad, the dairy farmer decides to sell his farm to a Chinese backed company because our stupid government allows foreign ownership. Well done for the Chinese Government for securing future critical supply of essentials for the Chinese people.
    I know our government is doing the same, NOT.
    And why don’t we have faith in our politicians!
    Rant complete.
    libsareliars
    9th Dec 2019
    12:42pm
    Spot on The Bersnter - +10
    Incognito
    9th Dec 2019
    3:31pm
    Some of the young pollies are just as bad, but yes we need progression but we are going backwards.
    Anonymous
    9th Dec 2019
    7:17pm
    I beg to differ, suh - I am a mere stripling of seventy and am just as forward-thinking and pro-active - to some I'm a reactionary - as any young fool... such young grasshoppers desperately need proper guidance... I'm doing rather well at the moment advising young Lambie on the majority constituents of society and their real needs...

    I abhor all parties at this time.....
    Macheke
    9th Dec 2019
    1:16pm
    Doesn’t surprise me that politicians have such a low approval rating and democracy is not delivering. The harder question is is it is the voters who are ultimately to blame. Political parties want to win elections and maintain power. Sometimes decisions need to be taken in the interest of the country as a whole but ones some of us don’t like. The major parties struggle with these decisions if they are unpopular with an influential minority or one that scare campaigns can be launched. GST saw Hewson’s career end and then was introduced later. Sometimes we need a bipartisan approach to come up with what’s best for Australia. The superannuation review is a perfect example. It was launched with the comment that the family home will not be included in the assets test. The reason is simply it’s too unpopular and the government can’t be seen the ones introducing it.
    Anonymous
    9th Dec 2019
    7:18pm
    The greatest danger to parliament is democracy - and the greatest danger to democracy is parliament...
    RWG
    9th Dec 2019
    1:33pm
    Perhaps we have cause to doubt the trustworthiness of a government which proposes to establish a Federal Integrity Commission to fight corruption, but wants to exclude any power for it to hold public hearings, or to make findings against parliamentarians, their staff or public sector employees. Seriously?
    Or a government which would launch criminal prosecutions of whistleblowers who bravely disclose wrongdoing on the part of government or its agencies, and seeks to hold their trials in secret, as with the current case of Witness K and his lawyer Bernard Collaery - a position which is surely morally bankrupt.
    cupoftea
    9th Dec 2019
    1:55pm
    RWG and people think that the Morrison government are looking out for the people you are so right as Morrison would say I am all right jack up yours
    cupoftea
    9th Dec 2019
    1:55pm
    RWG and people think that the Morrison government are looking out for the people you are so right as Morrison would say I am all right jack up yours
    Andy
    9th Dec 2019
    2:09pm
    shock horror, the report shows that women would vote greens, please men no vote the greens and get rid of them before such a thing could happen, talk about head in the sand, would be worse than the two-party vote which gives politicians the conclusion they can do what they like
    Lookfar
    9th Dec 2019
    2:21pm
    So right Andy, the two party system destroys most of our constitutional protections and allows them to operate illegally.
    It should have been banned right from the get-go, - ah the wisdom of hindsight, but what are we going to do about it?
    Anonymous
    9th Dec 2019
    7:20pm
    Government of Two Parties - The Tag Team ©
    Incognito
    9th Dec 2019
    3:34pm
    I have never had trust in politicians all they care about is power and money (greed).
    Incognito
    9th Dec 2019
    3:34pm
    I have never had trust in politicians all they care about is power and money (greed).
    MICK
    9th Dec 2019
    3:50pm
    One quarter of Australians clearly understand crooks when they see them. The other three quarters have no idea?
    And you wonder how we got climate denying, lying low life government which is seeking to establish a fascist dictatorship. Obvious dear Watson.
    I stopped listening to the message the mainstream media was sending a long time ago. Since Tony Abbott was put into office by his backers its been one anti opposition lament after another. As late as last week I endure the prime minister AGAIN attacking Labor, this time with the "smear" allegation. I had to shake my head and ask myself if the Australian public has been listening to Scott Morrison and his crony ministers at all. Smear against Labor or any politicians they have on their target list is all you get. Where are you Anthony Albanese? Why are you not putting out there so that Australians with a much smaller IQ can see what is being done: the grooming game has already become and the intention is to throw enough mud so that Labor is not electable no matter what bad things are done to us all in the next few years.
    Ted Wards
    9th Dec 2019
    4:36pm
    2100 is hardly a quarter of the population Mick. Its too small a percentage to be considered indicative of anything..we all know that our politicians need to pull their socks up, and their trousers...in fact they have a long way to go.
    Tanker
    9th Dec 2019
    5:54pm
    Australians have always given politicians the respect they deserve and at this point that respect has dropped even further. Since John Howard sharpened his art of playing wedge politics our politicians of both sides have fallen into that trap.
    Both sides spend more effort on trying to make their opponents look bad that they do on trying to do the best for the country.
    The current government are led by a man full of confidence but not so full on competence. The days of Ministers having to maintain a standard of integrity have gone, Ms Cash, Mr Taylor and so on.
    Possibly the most important thing required is an independent Integrity Commission who can, without fair or favour, examine political financial dealing and expose the rorts and the favours being dispensed because of political contributions into party funds. He who pays the piper calls the tune.
    Tanker
    9th Dec 2019
    5:54pm
    Australians have always given politicians the respect they deserve and at this point that respect has dropped even further. Since John Howard sharpened his art of playing wedge politics our politicians of both sides have fallen into that trap.
    Both sides spend more effort on trying to make their opponents look bad that they do on trying to do the best for the country.
    The current government are led by a man full of confidence but not so full on competence. The days of Ministers having to maintain a standard of integrity have gone, Ms Cash, Mr Taylor and so on.
    Possibly the most important thing required is an independent Integrity Commission who can, without fair or favour, examine political financial dealing and expose the rorts and the favours being dispensed because of political contributions into party funds. He who pays the piper calls the tune.
    MICK
    9th Dec 2019
    5:55pm
    Not so Ted. Its small but enough to get some statistical information.
    Of course you are correct that the bigger the sample the more accurate the results, but you know what they say about statistics: 'lies, damned lies and statistics'.
    MICK
    9th Dec 2019
    6:00pm
    Agree with most of that Tanker.
    I would note that the Rudd/Gillard years did not involve grinding down their opponents but rather making the case for what they were doing. With Tony Abbott came deceitful behaviour run by the right wing media which won the day. Since then its been ever increasing smear and Morrison has run his routine anti Labor smear for the voters. Never called out.
    We do desperately need a federal ICAC but this government has skeletons it does not want discovered and its proposals is a fake in house version where the filth can be buried to avoid it being caught out. Unlikely we'll get a federal ICAC other than a fake one meant to hide corruption. Ain't politics interesting.
    Rosret
    9th Dec 2019
    6:47pm
    MICK if you read the commentary of the pro labor voters on this topic alone its basically just trash talk. It doesn't make me want to join "the team". You can't see the policies for the slagging comments.
    If Labor wants to win the next the election they need to promote themselves. They are not going to shut down industry to appease the Greens. Thank heavens both Labor and the LNP are in the business of running the country.
    MICK
    9th Dec 2019
    7:37pm
    I didn't read that Rosret. Perhaps I skimmed through too fast.
    Trash talk? That's what the entire LNP election campaign was about. Still going on with every day Morrison and his ministers fronting the media and smearing Labor whilst claiming that's what is being done to the government. The classic story of a perpetrator blaming the victim! Smearing Labor is the long game to poison the minds of voters for the next election.
    You're probably right about the next election. Shorten is gone and that'll help. I am concerned though that Labor has abandoned its climate policy. Recent events and international developments are telling us that this would be a winner. Labor just needs to get rid of party wrecker Bowen who lost the unlosable election and keep putting the corruption and perverse management in front of the media circus. Even a Stokes/Murdoch orchestrate media propaganda campaign will not manage to put out that fire once the mentally challenged understand they are being done over. At some time they will.

    On your point about Greens did you actually hear Di Natalie talk before the election. De Natalie is pretty well blacked out but I caught him twice. He made very very good sense and hit the nail on the head. For me the main weakness in the party is the population debate but I'm sure at some stage even the Greens will recognise we do not have the capacity to provide for our population let alone any more. Perhaps then the (few) bad policies they have may be changed and with a bit of luck Hanson Young will either be permanently gagged or not be reelected. Deal done.
    Instead of ruling out some candidates and parties you need to listen to what a party is about. Greens are getting better with every election and only the media is managing to keep them out.

    9th Dec 2019
    4:10pm
    Small wonder, given what everybody apart from the rich is suffering under the current incompetent and verminous LNP government.
    Ted Wards
    9th Dec 2019
    4:34pm
    2100 is not even considered a representative enough percentage of the population. Why is there no information about the demographics targeted and why so few a number? Yes Australia is very dissatisfied with its politicians. Trouble is doesn't matter who is in charge, they are all as bad as each other, with self interest the only motivation. Who do we vote for when decade after decade we have had bad leadership where we don't have stable leadership.
    Ny19
    9th Dec 2019
    5:53pm
    The standout politician for me is Labor’s Linda Burney. She is compassionate, authentic, honest, intelligent, calm and a non game player. The worst of the worst are Morrison and his LNP Coalition cronies. Albanese seems like a decent bloke but does not impress me as a leader and is sounding pretty out of touch with mainstream. There is not many I trust at all and they all appear to be missing in action when it comes to climate change and the consequences we are now living with. No empathy, no leadership, no forward planning and very little personal responsibility on show. They’re a bunch of duds...most of them!
    Wake Up
    9th Dec 2019
    6:02pm
    What do you expect when we have voters voting for a political party but the candidate can only regurgitate party vomit because they are so intelligent.
    Snowflake
    10th Dec 2019
    12:45pm
    Let's just say it how it is, the present Liberal government has no social conscience whatsoever. Morrison, a Christian, is beyond ridiculous. Then again he belongs to a cult and while he is praying for rain and a miracle the rest of the country suffers. In 45 years this is the first time I have utter contempt for the LIberal party and what it stands for.
    bobm
    10th Dec 2019
    7:28pm
    I have been saying this for years. Politicians only look after 3 people. I, me, and myself.
    A survey of the population!!
    If you ask a number of people you only need to ask the right number to get the results the interviewer wants or is paid to achieve. Easy job in this case only surveyed 2100 people out of approx 24,000,000 people give a really accurate result!!!!!!!
    Whist working HR required KPI"s to judge your performance. The Politician would not even pass the first KPI apart from knowing the bank for their pay cheque

    12th Dec 2019
    12:03am
    Rubbish poll by a left-wing group twisting results after polling a very small number of people.
    If true, it is shocking that "59 per cent of Australians are satisfied with the way democracy is working" - again shows most people polled must be sucked-in left-wing voters! Anyway this is from ANU - what else can you expect? Also, quoting Ipsos (SMH group) - what can you expect?

    Also, the above number is surprising and contradictory when only "a little over one in 10 Australians, 12 per cent, believe the government is run for ‘all the people" and “In contrast, more than half – 56 per cent – say the government is run for a ‘few big interests’." Yet, democracy is supposed to be working???

    Also, reasons for why Libs won and Labor lost are purely the biased view of the so-called researcher, Dr. Sheppard, as it is very clear to most people that Labor lost the election due to a range of extreme, Green-oriented and poorly designed policies put forward by a smug, unpopular leadership (Shorten, Bowen & Plibersek). Liberals won by default - led by a clever and tricky Morrison who lay low, did not offer anything much, and simply let Labor burn themselves. The people were forced to choose the lesser of two big evils! Democracy!
    sunnyOz
    17th Dec 2019
    11:26pm
    Really? - they needed a University study to find that out?


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