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South Australia and Queensland have majority of voters oppose Voice to

Support for the Voice to Parliament has fallen across all six Australian states, with only one jurisdiction showing a majority would vote “Yes” in the referendum.

New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and Tasmania recorded single to double figure falls, according to the Roy Morgan poll.

The largest drop in support was in Tasmania, with backing for the independent advisory body falling a massive 30 points down to 38 per cent.

The lowest dip was in Victoria where a three per cent fall was reported.

The survey also suggested if Australians were to cast their vote in the referendum today, only one state would vote in majority to support the Voice.

Victoria is the only jurisdiction with more than 50 per cent of its respondents backing the body, which would advise parliament and federal government on Indigenous policy.

NSW (46 per cent), WA (46 per cent), Queensland (41 per cent), SA (39 per cent) and Tasmania (38 per cent) would fail to reach a majority.

All jurisdictions would have to vote in favour for the Voice to be enshrined into the constitution, a key element of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

The six states also saw an increase in “No” voters, with the largest jump coming from SA (17 per cent) and WA (15 per cent).

NSW (9 per cent), Tasmania (9 per cent), Queensland (8 per cent) and Victoria (3 per cent) all saw minor rises and could play a major factor in the referendum.

The results, compared to December’s poll, showed SA and Queensland have more voters opposed to the Voice than in favour, with 50 and 46 per cent respectively.

Overall, 46 per cent (down 7 per cent from December) of Australians would vote “Yes”, while 39 per cent would vote “No” (up 9 points).

A further 15 per cent (down 2 per cent) remain undecided.

The poll noted if the undecided voters were split between “Yes” and “No”, then 54 per cent would be in favour of the advisory body.

But it also flagged from “past experience” that more people in the undecided camp tend to oppose rather than be in support when it came time to vote.

“This trend has been observed even over the last few months as ALP and Greens supporters who were ‘Undecided’ have been far more likely to move to the ‘No’ vote rather than becoming a ‘Yes’ vote,” Roy Morgan said in its press release.

The survey had a smaller polling sample compared to the Newspoll results from The Australian earlier this month, which showed all states were in support.

The Roy Morgan poll was conducted via SMS which asked 1,181 Australians of their thoughts on the Voice between April 14 to April 18.

It was conducted before the Coalition revealed its ministry reshuffle this week where Senator Jacinta Price was announced as the new shadow minister for Indigenous Australians after Julian Leeser resigned over his party’s Voice stance.



News Source: www.skynews.com.au

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