Our red cer­tainty

They’re league-loving Trump fans who hate ma­jor par­ties and want to shake things up

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - FRONT PAGE - STEVEN WARDILL

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.

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