The poll found most believe Prime Minister John Howard's interest in tackling widespread sexual abuse of Aboriginal children has more to do with the coming election than with genuine concern about the problem.
Only 25 per cent of voters believe Mr Howard genuinely cares about the issue, the poll found. And 58 per cent are cynical about the intervention, believing it has been motivated by the looming election.
Voters were asked if the PM was addressing problems in Aboriginal communities because of the impending federal election or because he really cares about the issue.
Unsurprisingly, 79 per cent of Labor voters said the election was the motivator; however, an extraordinary 29 per cent of Coalition voters also expressed cynicism about the PM's intervention.