/ 11 September 2023

Another slide for the Voice

The Voice survey (3)

It’s the last week of sittings of the Federal Parliament before we head off to vote in the referendum on enshrining an Indigenous Voice in the Constitution on 14 October, and new polling released on Saturday shows support for the proposal continues to decline. RedBridge, a research group from Melbourne led by cross-party experts, said its latest survey shows 61% of Australians are opposed to the Voice and 39% are in favour. Its director Kos Samaras says the ‘Yes’ case was being propped up by “university-educated voters and younger voters, and even that’s dropping.” Meanwhile, Peter Lewis, Essential Research’s pollster who’s working with the Yes23 campaign, points to a generational divide. “If this referendum was being run by under 35s, it’s a slam dunk, and it’s dead on arrival if you’re over 55.” Yesterday, Indigenous leader/’Yes’ campaigner Noel Pearson said he’s optimistic. “We’re the underdog in this referendum but I still believe we can achieve victory.” 

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