News Election 2016 Minor parties surge in latest federal election poll

Minor parties surge in latest federal election poll

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Voters don’t expect Bill Shorten to win — and many won’t vote for Malcolm Turnbull’s Coalition either, according to the last Fairfax-Ipsos poll before the election.

A whopping 27 per cent intend to give their first preference to the Greens, independents or micro parties, Fairfax Media reported on Thursday night.

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And just 17 per cent of those surveyed thought Mr Shorten could win on Saturday, according to the poll of 1377 voters conducted this week.

The two major parties were stalemated at 50-50 on two-party preferred terms, the poll found. When second preferences were added in, Labor took a narrow lead at 51-49. That was within the poll’s 2.6 per cent margin of error.

Six-in-10 voters said they expected Mr Turnbull to remain in the top job.

– with AAP

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