Beware claims of a gender electoral apocalypse

Women abandon Coalition in droves“, a headline says in The Australian today.

The story covers data from the Australian Leadership Index, a project of Swinburne University, home to one of the few politics departments in the country with a vague idea of how politics actually works in the real world.

At first glance, the figures look concerning — but one very important factor is missing:

Australian women’s perception of federal leaders took a steep dive from the end of 2020 to the first quarter of 2021 amid a slew of Parliament House scandals, including the alleged rape of former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins and revelations that male escorts had been brought into parliament for MPs.

New research from Swinburne…

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