The Voice: Questioning the Accuracy of the 90% Support Rate for First People
Assessing the Credibility The Voice
The Conversation, a (usually) reputable platform known for its (usually) credible content, recently published an article asserting that nearly 90% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people support The Voice to Parliament, based on statements made by Albanese.
The recent publication of an article potentially promoting false information and propaganda for The Voice raises concerns about the motives behind such content. In particular, the affiliation of universities with government funding and the perceived push for The Voice highlights a potential conflict of interest.
Just because 90% of Labor employees say yes to the vote doesn’t mean 90% of the whole population support The Voice…
Drawing conclusions about the overall support for The Voice based solely on a specific group's opinions is not an accurate representation and fails to consider the diverse perspectives within the broader First Nations population.
And common sense dictates that such generalisations should be approached with caution…
Adding to that is the limited involvement and voter turnout among First People is a matter of concern, particularly when considering the engagement of Aboriginal individuals within the NSW Aboriginal Land Council processes.
The relatively low percentage of Aboriginal members, approximately 10-12% of 30,000 members, actively participating in the voting process underscores a larger issue of disillusionment and disengagement within the community.
This disparity between the membership base and the level of participation reflects a clear disconnection between the current system and the aspirations of Aboriginal people.
The pressing inquiry that necessitates an answer is the source of the statistics being cited by the Labor Party.
Are they paying universities or research firms large amounts of money to come up with these claims?
Ipsos claimed 80% of First People supported The Voice at the start of the year which is probably what Albanese and The Conversation were talking about…
Anyways, there’s a need for additional investigation into the research methodology and credibility employed, particularly in terms of how the Indigenous identity of participants was determined.
Was self-identification the only criterion used for their research participants?
The irony of the situation arises when the Labor Party accuses the Liberal Party of disseminating false information, considering the potential concerns surrounding the credibility of their own claims.
You can read an article about the Ipsos poll here, where they claimed earlier this year that 80 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people support the Voice.
I reached out to them via email to inquire about their research methodology and the process of participant participation mentioned above. Hopefully, they’ll be able to clarify…🤞