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New Aussie citizens 'less critical' of politicians, study finds

Australians in voting booth Source: AEC

Less than half of Australia's new citizens are satisfied with our democracy, but they are less critical of politics and politicians than other groups.That's according to new research from Canberra University's Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis.They say satisfaction in Australian politics is at an all-time low, and it's likely new Australians will become more sceptical and more distrustful of Australian politics over time.But is the current election campaign making things worse?Jessica Minshall reports.

Researchers at the University of Canberra's Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis are trying to understand why so few Australians trust politicians and the political process.

New findings drawn from a 2016 Ipsos poll found widespread levels of dissatisfaction and distrust of Australian democracy across all groups - but one group is slightly more optimistic about their elected representatives and state institutions.

That group is new Australian citizens who have been living in the country since 2006.

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