Mon, 27 Jun 2022

CANBERRA, June 20 (Xinhua) -- Younger and educated voters were instrumental in the Labor Party's victory in Australia's general election, research has found.

Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese claimed victory in the general election on May 21, ending the conservative coalition's nine-year hold on power.

In a survey published on Monday, researchers from Australian National University (ANU) found voters' age and their level of education were the key factors in Labor's victory and a collapse in support for the Coalition.

"More than one in three voters aged under 55, 34.9 percent, who voted for the Coalition in 2019 ended up voting for someone else. Around one in five, 21.1 percent, aged 55 or older did the same," Nicholas Biddle, co-author of the report, said in a media release.

"The coalition also lost more votes among people with higher levels of education. Around one in three people, 31.0 percent, who had completed year 12 and voted for the coalition in 2019 voted for another party in 2022.

"Education, and particularly high school education, really matters when it comes to understanding this election result."

Of the 3,500 voters who participated in the survey, 35.2 percent of females voted for Labor and 30 percent for the coalition.

Among men the two major parties were more even, with 35.7 percent voting Labor as their first preference and 34.2 percent for the coalition.

Biddle said the survey also found voters were more optimistic about the direction of the country under Albanese's government, with 73.3 percent of respondents either satisfied or very satisfied in May, up from 62.4 percent in April.

"In fact, this is one of the highest levels of satisfaction we have seen since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the black summer bushfires of 2019/2020," he said.

"In contrast, levels of satisfaction in April 2022 were some of the lowest, if not the lowest, we've seen over the same period."

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