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They’re league-loving Trump fans who hate major parties and want to shake things up
THEY backed Donald Trump, love rugby league, make ends meet on less than $50,000 a year and believe One Nation can shake the world of politics.
The most exhaustive analysis yet of the rising One Nation movement, which is poised to be a political wrecking ball in the November 25 election, reveals that while many of the party’s supporters are retired or unemployed, nearly one in three holds a university degree.
And three-quarters intend to preference the LNP above Labor, potentially costing Annastacia Palaszczuk power.
THEY backed Donald Trump, cheer for rugby league and make ends meet on less than $50,000 a year.
The most exhaustive analysis of Queensland’s rising One Nation movement, which is poised to wreak havoc at the November 25 election, has revealed many of the party’s supporters are retired or unemployed, and they do not even care about its policies.
They will vote for Pauline Hanson’s party believing it will shake things up, and because they think the major parties are deplorable.
However, three out of four plan to put the LNP above Labor on their ballot papers, in a result that would snuff out Annastacia Palaszczuk’s quest for re-election.
The ReachTEL poll of 3435 residents across Queensland paints a picture of a political wrecking ball that is determined to skittle the status quo.
The poll found 69.9 per cent barracked for Mr Trump in the US election, a third follow rugby league, and only 4.5 per cent like soccer.
However, their education is evenly split, with 31.7 per cent holding a university degree and 29.5 per cent a TAFE cer- tificate, while 31.1 per cent ended their learning after high school, and just over 6 per cent only finished primary school.
While some work in construction and mining (9.4 per cent) and others in transport, health, retail and manufacturing, almost 40 per cent are retired or unemployed. About the same percentage live in households on less than
$50,000 a year, and few (4.9 per cent) earn more than $200,000. Politically, 45.7 per cent voted for the LNP at the last state election, 19.8 per cent supported Labor, and 21.1 per cent Katter’s Australian Party. And 67.2 per cent reckon their vote will help lead to an LNP government in a power-shar- ing arrangement with One Nation, while 21.7 per cent say it will be Labor that strikes the deal. Only 13 per cent are motivated by One Nation’s policies, while 22.9 per cent indicated they were determined to “shake things up”. Immigration, however, was overwhelmingly the key issue for One Nation supporters at 34.4 per cent, followed by crime (17 per cent), and job creation (16.8 per cent).
However, with 74.5 per cent choosing the LNP as their preferred major party, after Labor scrapped the “Just Vote 1” laws, an LNP government may not need One Nation.
MOBILISING: Pauline Hanson greets fans at a rally at Sippy Downs, while Jennine Keir, Daniel Simatis, Suewyan Hattingh, Vanessa Holt, Mike Holt and Beatrice Borns hit the streets.