‘Assange stands good chance to win Oz elections if runs for Parl’
Wiki Leaks founder Julian Assange is believed to stand a good chance of winning an upper house seat in the Australian Parliament if he plans to stand for elections, a poll has showed.
Sydney: Wiki Leaks founder Julian Assange is believed to stand a good chance of winning an upper house seat in the Australian Parliament if he plans to stand for elections, a poll has showed.
A survey conducted by UMR Research showed 25 per cent of those polled, would vote for the whistleblowing website chief.
The poll results revealed Assange to be popular amongst the left-wing Greens party voters, with 39 per cent claiming to vote for him, which indicated that he had a good chance of securing a Greens Senate spot.
“There is clearly a significant level of support for Julian Assange which crosses party lines and is more concentrated amongst Greens voters. At this stage Julian Assange stands a very real chance of being elected to the Senate should he run,” UMR`s John Utting told Sydney Morning Herald.
Assange previously unveiled his plans to run for Australia`s 76-seat Senate in March, vowing to be a libertarian and "fierce defender of free media" if were he elected to the upper house.
He is reportedly considering a range of options, including standing as an independent, seeking an alliance with a party, or establishing his own party devoted to advancing open government.
Over 27 per cent of Labor supporters and 23 per cent of conservatives claimed to vote for Assange, in the survey of 1,000 voters.