Voters motivated by economy and climate but not by COVID or borders

Of those who voted for the Greens, 67 percent cited climate while 24 percent nominated economic issues. And among those who voted for “others”, 34 percent cited the climate and 30 percent the economy.

In stark contrast, among those who voted for the Liberal Party or Nationals, only 10 percent cited climate change as the issue that most influenced their vote, while 56 percent cited economic concerns.

The need for an integrity commission, a core promise of Labor and key demands of the teal independents, was considered relatively important by those who voted Green and for others.

Held in the shadow of two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, the survey shows that the government’s handling of the crisis was not front of mind for many voters.

Just 6 percent of all voters listed the response to COVID-19 as one of their top three issues, the same percentage as those who listed the integrity commission.

The traditional Coalition strength of immigration/border security recorded just 7 percent, despite efforts by the Coalition, right until polling day, to stoke fears that people smuggling would restart under Labor.

The survey also confirms the continuing trend of more people voting early and fewer on election day. It found 42 percent cast their vote at a polling booth on the day, down from 56 percent at the 2019 election and 66 percent in 2016.

Two-thirds of voters cast their vote in the final week of the six-week campaign.

The survey did not specifically test the level of antipathy towards Mr. Morrison which, anecdotally, was significant.

It did find, however, that 15 percent used their vote as a protest vote against a particular party or candidate. This level rose to 27 percent among those who voted for independence, adding grist to the theory that the teal independents represented a protest against the then prime minister.

The survey also showed that despite the fragmentation of the media, the majority of voters still sought their information from traditional means.

Of those surveyed, 35 percent cited free-to-air commercial TV and their websites as a “most useful source” of election news and information, followed by 23 percent for the ABC and SBS, and 22 percent for major newspapers, either their printed or online versions.

Facebook (10 percent) and YouTube (7 percent) were the only social media sites to make the top 14 sources.

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