Bring back the sensible centre

It will not surprise many that a new study of attitudes shows Australian voters are deserting the centre ground and moving to the fringes and extremes.

  • Editorial
  • The Sydney Morning Herald

As we have reported, an analysis of time-series data collected in the Australian Election Study after every federal poll since 1987 shows more voters are thinking of themselves as either “left” or “right” in political terms.

AU parliament House 3c Andrew Meares photo LLLLWhere in 1996 54 per cent of voters described themselves as in the centre, in 2016 only 42 per cent did.

At the same time, they are more than ever disillusioned with politics itself.

These are worrying…

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