We expect politicians to lie but want them to resign when they do – Survey

Australians overwhelmingly believe politicians who lie, pork-barrel, or wrongly claim taxpayer money should quit, the ABC’s Australia Talks National Survey has revealed.

By Casey Briggs

Key points:

Most Australians are of the view that their political representatives are dishonest, unaccountable and corrupt, according to the results from the representative, externally recruited survey panel.

Eighty-nine per cent of us agree that “most politicians in Australia will lie if they feel the truth will hurt them politically”.

But while we think politicians lie, that doesn’t mean we think it’s OK.

In fact, 94 per cent of us believe that a politician who is caught lying to the Australian people should resign their position.

  • 94 per cent of us believe that a politician who is caught lying to the Australian people should resign their position
  • About 9 in 10 Australians also believe the government should establish a federal corruption watchdog
  • We think personal matters are less relevant, with only a small minority of us thinking a politician who cheats on their spouse is unfit for the job

The above is published the ABC, Wednesday 16 June 2021. Read the rest of the in-depth article here; https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-16/australia-talks-when-should-politicians-resign/100217170

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3 thoughts on “We expect politicians to lie but want them to resign when they do – Survey

  1. We don’t expect politicians to lie but we assume they do. Doesn’t that say more about us than them? I believe Australians are slowly throwing away their democracy through complacency.

    1. Yes. Absolutely. We are far too comfortable for our own good. And if we are not comfortable we are too busy trying to get comfortable to do anything about our failing democracy.

  2. Unfortunately the apathy level in Australia has been growing worse every year.

    The level of corruption in government has been increasing and the politician’s don’t even bother to hide their self-serving agendas.

    Everyone can see it happening but where is the collective outrage? We should be marching in the streets demanding a change but people these days are too self absorbed and even worse, consider the massive lies and reprehensible actions of our politicians to be the norm and just accept it.

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