Australian voters are dissatisfied, distrustful and disengaged, report finds

May 6, 2013

An independent national poll has found Australian politicians have failed to engage or build a sense of trust with voters just months out from the federal election.

The survey—commissioned by the Citizens' Agenda project at the University of Melbourne—found a clear majority of voters (58%) thought the quality of was now 'noticeably worse' than usual.

Nearly as many (57%) were disappointed by the tone of , while a large majority (70%) say they have little or no confidence in the Federal Government.

The leader of the Citizens' Agenda project and Director of the University's Centre for Advancing Journalism, Dr Margaret Simons, said the findings were alarming.

"These findings show how badly we need to re-engage voters and improve media coverage of politics," Dr Simons said.

From today, the Citizens' Agenda project will seek to address this sense of by engaging in a conversation between now and polling day.

Voters of 10 key electorates will use the Citizen's Agenda-OurSay website to directly shape political discussion in their local areas, with invited to respond to the citizenry.

"The Citizens' Agenda project is designed to find new ways of making the voices of ordinary people heard," Dr Simons said.

The random telephone survey of 1000 voters, conducted between mid-March and mid-April 2013, also found:

  • Interest in the 2013 federal election campaign is also lower than people's usual level of interest in politics. While 43% of voters say they usually take a 'good deal of interest' in politics, only 36 per cent say they are taking a 'good deal of interest' in the 2013 election.
  • Conversely, the proportion of voters who take little or no interest in politics—23% usually—has risen substantially to 36 per cent.
  • Trust in the media was also abysmal; 73% of respondents say they have little or no confidence in the press, and 71% say the same of television.

Explore further: Elections study: Voters like fresh faces at polling places

More information: visions-download.unimelb.edu.au/HILDA/CA_natpoll.pdf

Related Stories

The Twit-election: It's the conversation, stupid

August 18, 2010

(PhysOrg.com) -- When it comes to Saturday's federal election in Australia, Twitter users are clear: politicians who spend time in conversation get most out of the platform, and the Greens are exploiting this better than ...

Recommended for you

French teen finds 560,000 year-old tooth (Update)

July 28, 2015

A 16-year-old French volunteer archaeologist has found an adult tooth dating back around 560,000 years in southwestern France, in what researchers hailed as a "major discovery" Tuesday.

Oldest known Koran text fragments discovered

July 23, 2015

Two pages of text written on parchment that are believed to be sections of the Koran (Chapters 18 and 20) have been discovered by a PhD student in a British university library and are believed to be the oldest ever found. ...

1 comment

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

rwinners
not rated yet May 06, 2013
Sounds as if another western country is in deepening troubled times.

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.