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Support surges for controversial Australian right-wing political party: poll

Xinhua, October 17, 2016 Adjust font size:

Public support for One Nation, a controversial Australian right-wing political party, has more than quadrupled in some parts of the nation just months after the federal election, the latest Newspoll revealed on Monday.

The One Nation party, headed by controversial Senator Pauline Hanson, has experienced an explosive surge of support in the months following Australia's July 2 election, with support in the House of Representatives at 6 percent, up from 1.3 percent at the election.

In Hanson's home state of Queensland, in which she had already had an earnest following, support for One Nation had doubled to 10 percent - rivaling other smaller parties such as the Greens.

The results of the latest Newspoll, taken for News Corp, also illustrated the discontent within the voting public at the major parties. At the July 2 election, a record 23.2 percent of all voters did not vote for either the coalition or Labor - the highest percentage since the 1934 election.

But since then, support for the Greens, minor parties and independents has climbed to 25 percent almost exclusively on the back of One Nation's popularity - as the Greens (10 percent) and NXT (2 percent) had unchanged support levels since the election.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's coalition government continues to receive 39 percent of the primary vote support - a figure down three points since the election - while Labor's is up nearly two points to 36.

With preferences taken into account, the coalition continues to trail Labor in the two-party preferred vote at 48-52. Endit