Qld locals down in the dumps

QUEENSLANDERS are Australia's grumps, if a survey showing the state has the lowest levels of optimism in the country are to be believed.

The survey by Allianz Australia looked at the relationship between who states voted for and how optimistic they were about the future.

Apparently, optimism was the lowest of all mainland states in Queensland, despite a rise in optimism in May.

The survey revealed men were slightly more optimistic than women, while non-Coalition voters were most optimistic about the economic outlook.

While younger and older people were getting more optimistic, those aged between 35 and 49, were still negative about the future.

Allianz managing director Terry Towell said analysis of the survey results showed a rebound of optimism in most states, with Queenslanders still the most negative.

"Interestingly, the rise in optimism appears to have clear political underpinnings," he said.

"It is almost entirely driven by an improved sentiment among ALP voters, as well as those that vote 'Other', a group about 40% made up by Greens voters and 60% voters of other minor parties or independents.

"On the other hand, optimism among Coalition voters continues to languish at near record lows."


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