SBS Radio App

Download the FREE SBS Radio App for a better listening experience

Bill Shorten (right) speaks to media aside wife Chloe outside their property in Moonee Ponds, following his defeat. . (AAP)

Australia was prepared for a Labor victory on Saturday after a huge number of political polls predicted that outcome. So, what went wrong?

Maani Truu, Jin Sun Lane
Presented by
Jin Sun Lane
Published on
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 21:59
File size
11.24 MB
6 min 8 sec

Polling experts and voters alike have been left baffled after the Coalition swept to an unexpected win on Saturday, flying in the face of weeks of opinion polls that predicted a Labor victory. 

ABC election analyst Antony Green summed up the mood early in the night, when the Coalition began to buck the polling trends.

"At the moment, on these figures, it's a bit of a spectacular failure of opinion polling," he said.

Nearly all Newspoll, YouGov/Galaxy, Ipsos and ReachTEL polls - many which are connected to Australian news organisations  - showed Labor ahead 51-49 on a two-party preferred basis right up until Friday night.

Read the full article here.