are teal voters angry liberals or smart haters of the party?

Two ANU academics suggest that Teal voters are mostly Labor and Green voters voting tactically. Are they right?

Zoe Daniel, Allegra Spender and Kate Chaney (Image: Supplied/Facebook))
Zoe Daniel, Allegra Spender and Kate Chaney (Image: Supplied/Facebook))

Exactly how the federal Liberals lost six core seats to independents remains a matter of debate, and how – or even if they should try – to win them back will be a major challenge for the opposition over the coming years. next three years.

Ian McAllister and Nicholas Biddle of the Australian National University offer a view that could greatly complicate the challenge: based on traditional Australian electoral research from the ANU, they suggest that ‘teal independent’ voters “seem more likely to be tactical Labor or Green voters rather than dissatisfied Liberal voters,” according to a media report.

The basis of the report is a document due today, and the full data will not be available until the end of the month. But one excerpt is that “among supporters of the Teal independents, 35% voted Labor in 2019, 23% for the Greens and only 19% voted Liberal”.

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