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Surprise! Not Even One In Three Aussies Gave A Fuck About The 2016 Election

Not happy, Jan.

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In news that will not surprise anyone post-Brexit, Trump and an eight-week double dissolution election... turns out Australians ~really~ don't like politics or politicians.

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A study of the 2016 election by the Australian National University has found that fewer than one in three voters were interested in the election, and that satisfaction with democracy, the major parties and political leaders is at the lowest level ever recorded.

The last popular Australian leader was Kevin Rudd after his victory in 2007.

The survey, based on 2,818 interviews with people in the three months following the July 2 election, found 40 per cent of voters are disappointed with democracy in Australia - the lowest level since the 1970s.

30 to 34 year-olds are the most unhappy Aussie voters.

Only 26 per cent of people think the government can be trusted - the lowest level since the ANU's first survey in 1969.

The biggest election issue was *drum roll please * MEDISCARE!

Aussies are less likely to align themselves with one of the major parties, with 19 per cent of people saying they don't relate to any political party.

When asked to give each party a mark out of 10, the Liberals scored 4.9, Labor 4.8, Nationals 4.4 and Greens 3.9.

In the 2016 election the majority parties received the lowest level of support since the early '90s.

And the popularity of the Greens has fallen since Bob Brown resigned as leader in 2012.

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull had a higher popularity rating (4.94) than Labor leader Bill Shorten (4.22), but both score less than five out of 10 from voters.

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Turnbull remains the most popular leader in parliament, with Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce scoring 4.13, Greens leader Richard Di Natalie 4.12... and former PM Tony Abbott bringing up the rear on 3.6.

The most popular leader since the '80s was Kevin Rudd in 2007, scoring 6.31 out of 10, followed by Bob Hawke in 1987 with 6.22. John Howard peaked at 5.73 in 1996, Julia Gillard scored 4.89 in 2010 and Abbott 4.29 in 2013.

Voters found Malcolm Turnbull intelligent but not trustworthy or honest. Bill Shorten is more compassionate but not inspiring.

It's bad news for Shorten, who scored the most negative evaluation of any major leader since Paul Keating in 1993.

But Australia's attitudes to social issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion are becoming more progressive.

Forty three per cent of voters surveyed were strongly in favour of legalising same sex marriage and legalising euthanasia.

Sixty-five per cent agreed women should be able to obtain an abortion if they want one.

Support for decriminalising marijuana is also at a historical high.

420 blaze it.

Alice Workman is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Canberra.

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