Eden-Monaro Polling: Economy and Climate Change Major Issues for By-Election

New research from The Australia Institute has found that the economy and climate change are the two most important issues for voters in the seat of Eden-Monaro, with a majority of voters saying economic stimulus following the COVID-19 crisis should also address and build our resilience to climate change.

The Australia Institute commissioned uComms to conduct a survey of 643 residents across the New South Wales federal electorate of Eden-Monaro on the night of 15th June 2020.

Key findings:

  • Labor lead the Coalition on a two party preferred basis in Eden-Monaro, 53% to 47% (based on preference allocations at the last election).
  • When asked what was the most important issue for the federal government right now, 31% of voters said the economy and 25% of voters said climate change.
  • More than half of Eden-Monaro voters (54%) agreed that any economic stimulus following the COVID-19 crisis should also address and build our resilience to climate change.

“The economy and climate change are the two biggest concerns for voters in the Eden-Monaro by-election,” said Ben Oquist, Executive Director of The Australia Institute.

“Our research shows that there is a strong desire amongst Eden-Monaro voters for the government to focus its economic recovery efforts on projects that will help to tackle and prepare for climate change.

“With the electorate being hit by the twin crises of bushfires and coronavirus, it is understandable that climate change and the economy are serious concerns for the voters in the by-election.”

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