Voters in just one state intend to vote ‘yes’ in the upcoming Indigenous Voice to parliament referendum, according to a new poll.
The latest Guardian Essential Poll, released on Tuesday, found 47 per cent of 1150 respondents do not approve of the Voice, with 43 per cent in favour, and the remaining 10 per cent unsure.
But every state queried on the issue returned a result against the Voice proposal, except for Victoria.
And then the ‘yes’ vote had a narrow one per cent lead over the ‘no,’ 47 to 46 per cent respectively.
The ‘no’ vote won out in every other state: 51 to 40 per cent in Queensland; 49 to 49 per cent in Western Australia; 47 to 41 per cent in NSW; and 48 to 45 per cent in South Australia.
Tasmania was also polled, but their small sample size means the results are less reliable, and not reported by the Guardian.
To succeed, a majority of voters in a majority of states need to vote “Yes” at the referendum.
More women voted in favour of the Voice (47 to 40 per cent), while 55 per cent of men said ‘no.’
People aged 18 to 34 were also intending to voice ‘yes’ later this year (62 to 26 per cent) while 65 per cent of those over the age of 55 plan to vote against the Voice.
Fifty-eight per cent of respondents who don’t support the Voice said they’ll vote no because “It won’t make a real difference to the lives of ordinary Indigenous Australians.”
Reasons against also included concerns over racial division, or of the body being granted too much power.
According the poll, a regional Greens voter said the referendum “isn’t just recognition of Aboriginal people in the constitution, the government is asking us to vote yes to a taxpayer-funded lobby group for Aboriginal people on every issue.”
While another male, independent voter, over the age of 55 said the public had “not been given any specific information about the details” of the proposal.
Questions also focused on the Albanese government, with only 24 per cent feeling Labor was doing “excellent or above average” job when it comes international relations; 13 per cent for climate change; nine per cent for handling the cost of living; and just eight per cent on housing affordability.
A date is yet to be set for the Indigenous Voice to parliament referendum.