Jun 19, 2017

Poll Bludger: voters return in droves to the One Nation bandwagon

After all the controversy of the past couple of months, there has been a curious resurgence in support for Pauline Hanson's One Nation.

William Bowe — Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe

Editor of The Poll Bludger

As bad-to-terrible results continue to rain down on the Turnbull government with monotonous uniformity, recent opinion polls have at least turned up one phenomenon of interest: a curious resurgence in support for Pauline Hanson's One Nation.

Last night's Newspoll result in The Australian was a case in point, with the headline figure showing the Coalition trailing 53-47 on two-party preferred -- more or less what every pollster has been saying all year -- but with One Nation ticking up two points to 11%, giving the party its best result since Newspoll began publishing numbers for it in February.

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7 thoughts on “Poll Bludger: voters return in droves to the One Nation bandwagon

  1. Terry Goulden

    I don’t know why anyone would assume that One Nation supporters would be turned off by the scandals of Hanson and Ashby. I have never assumed that people who vote for One Nation are overly blessed with morals or ethics.

  2. Lee Tinson

    About running counter to the international narrative: it isn’t “counter” exactly, just “behind”, where we always are.

  3. CML

    William…a rise of 2% in the Phonie’s numbers, doesn’t quite qualify as …”voters return(ing) in DROVES”!
    As for the Queensland voting intention of 17%? Everyone knows the drongos up there are touched by the sun…half a brain if they are lucky!!
    I hope they enjoy their state’s rapid decline if they are stupid enough to give the Phonies the balance of power.
    Bye bye Queensland!!!

  4. Idi Amin II

    It is indeed a struggle evaluating content provided by chaps like Newspoll. The only real comparison that I can see is that, in the 2016 Senate election, PHON got about the same share of the national vote as the informal vote.

  5. AR

    There is little comparison between polls & election results in this country compared to the entirely different UK (FPtP) & US (FPtP + Electoral College).
    I’m not even convinced that opinion polls are much use given the reluctance of some people to say that they support A or B or Z – the ‘shy’ voter problem.
    What we can say for sure is that in the Anglophone countries, of which only OZ has PR & STV, there is a general disgust with the ruling class.
    Only we have the opportunity to effect real change at the ballot box.
    Use it or lose it.

  6. Dog's Breakfast

    She cops a kicking in the press and here vote goes up, she talks and her vote goes down. I’d suggest this is the pattern that will follow, even in Qld, if to a lesser extent.

    Opening her mouth when there is a microphone or a reporter in the vicinity is not a terribly good look for her. I don’t expect that will change.

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