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Voters consider Medicare and financial management to be among the most important when deciding who they’ll support, an exclusive SBS commissioned Essential Media poll has found.
Labor’s ‘scare campaign’ on Medicare appears to be gaining the most traction, with 45 per cent of those polled saying it was among the most important issues for them in deciding which party or candidate to vote for.
Labor leader Bill Shorten has declared the election a referendum on the future of Medicare, claiming the Coalition will privatise the service.
Prime Minister Turnbull has repeatedly denied that, instead pushing the Coalition’s economic record and an agenda of jobs and growth.
voters polled by SBS, 35 per cent agreed management of the economy was a big issue for them. The issue of which party will benefit voters and their family more followed, at 22 per cent.
The party leaders were the least important to voters in deciding who they’ll vote for, with only six per cent of those polled deeming them an important consideration.
Superannuation policies followed closely behind at seven per cent, while environment policies were considered important by only 13 per cent of voters.
Education and taxation policies remain middle of the road issues, with 17 per cent of voters considering them when deciding who to vote for.
While 33 per cent agreed they’d now be more likely to vote for an independent or minor party.
Throughout the election campaign, various news polls have had Mr Shorten and Mr Turnbull neck-and-neck in terms of the two-party preferred vote as well as who would be the preferred prime minister.
Of those voters asked by SBS whether or not they now have a “more favourable view” of Mr Turnbull and Mr Shorten following the eight-week campaign, 50 per cent and 48 per cent said they disagreed respectively.
In another Essential Media poll out today, voters were asked which leader and party had performed best during the election campaign. Those polled said Mr Turnbull and the Liberal Party had out-performed Mr Shorten and the Labor party, 30 per cent to 28 per cent respectively. That poll also confirmed the SBS findings that Medicare remains a defining issue, with 50 per cent agreeing that if the Liberal Party wins the Federal election it's "likely" they'll attempt to privatise Medicare.
While Essential Media tried to get a snapshot of the nation, the response rate and coverage for the online poll means an accurate cross section of Australia could not be ensured.
Voters now 'more likely' to vote for independent or minor party
SBS also asked voters if they agreed or disagreed with a range of statements in relation to the election.
Of those polled, 44 per cent said they now feel “much better informed about the parties and their policies”.
Mr Turnbull has repeatedly warned of the ‘chaos’ of an Independent- Greens party alliance, urging voters not to support those like South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon.
However, of voters polled by SBS though, 35 per cent said it would be “a good thing” if the independents and minor parties held the balance of power in the next government.