Third of younger voters yet to decide

YOUNG Australians rate trust as the most important factor influencing their vote in the federal election, but more than a third have not decided who to vote for.

A survey of 800 voters, aged 17-25, by The Australia Institute found 32% did not know or would not say who they would support in the September election.

Of those who had decided, 25% supported the Liberal Party, 23% the ALP and 11% the Greens.

"What's also interesting is that 32% of young Australians don't know how their parents vote," said the institute's executive director, Dr Richard Denniss. "This has to make you wonder whether conversations about politics are taking place in Australian households.

"With the federal election three months away, it's time for young people to start discussing the important issues and weighing up what matters to them."

When asked what made a politician appealing, 72% said trust was important. Integr-ity (53%), leadership (55%), knowledgeable (59%) and "doesn't play dirty" (52%) also rated highly.

Sporting prowess was the least important attribute (5%), and media presence (14%), unshakable (14%) and charisma (26%) also rated poorly.

"With such a high percentage of young people still undecided, our politicians have a lot to gain from taking their needs seriously and trying to win their votes," Dr Denniss said.

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