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  • Rikki Lambert

Voter dissatisfaction with major parties reaching critical point

The latest analysis of the May federal election shows rapidly shrinking number of loyal mayor party voters.

The analysis does not cover the Victorian state election, at which 72.8 per cent of voters voted for Labor, the Liberals or Nationals, down from over 78 per cent in the 2018 election and well down on the consistent levels around 80 per cent of the electorate in recent decades. In 1999, 92 per cent of Victorians voted Labor, Liberal or National.

The ANU - Griffith University study released on Monday shows just over two in three voters - around 67 per cent - voted for the Liberals, Labor or Nationals at the May federal election.

Study co-author Professor Ian McAllister said the election represented a large scale abandonment of the major parties:

"Voters are now less 'rusted on' to the major political parties and becoming more independently minded in political choices.
"In 1976, 72 per cent of voters said they always voted for the same party. In 2022, this dropped to a record low of 32 per cent."

The study claims former prime minister Scott Morrison was the least popular party leader in the 35 years of their research, whereas Anthony Albanese was the most popular party leader since then opposition leader Kevin Rudd at Labor's triumphant 2007 federal election.


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