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The two key reasons why Scott Morrison was pummelled in the election

Much has been made about Scott Morrison's poor standing among women voters before and immediately following the federal election in May, which saw the Liberal Party vote collapse and Labor return to power on a wave of preferences.

But new research, which combed through the wreckage of the former government's disastrous result, shows Mr Morrison's problems were much deeper, and more widespread.

Voters' age and level of education were the two key deciders behind Labor's election victory, the research has revealed.

Young people and those with a greater level of education turned their backs on the Morrison government.

Women, the young, the educated and city dwellers fled the Morrison government. Source: AAP
Women, the young, the educated and city dwellers fled the Morrison government. Source: AAP

More than one in three people under 55 who had previously voted for the coalition in the 2019 federal election ditched the party at this year's poll.

The Coalition also lost voters with higher levels of education in droves.

A survey of more than 3500 voters by the Australian National University found people felt more positive about the direction the nation is taking under the Albanese Labor government's leadership.

Australians living in capital cities also turned their backs on the Morrison government in increasing numbers.

Almost one third of urban Coalition voters cast their ballot for another party, compared to 23 per cent of their regional counterparts.

Co-author Professor Nicholas Biddle said satisfaction with trajectory of the country had risen in the wake of the election.

"This is one of the highest levels of satisfaction we have seen since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and the black summer bushfires of 2019-2020," he said.

"Most Australians seem satisfied with the election and their decision."

The research found women were less likely to vote for the Coalition compared to men, with almost one quarter of female voters choosing the Greens.

Younger people were more likely to vote for Labor, but "substantially more likely" to vote for the Greens.

Coalition voters were found to be older, with lower income and education levels.

Meanwhile, Labor voters tended to have high education levels and live in capital cities.


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