27 June 2016
New poll shows close Higgins race could be decided by policy on increasing aid
A new poll has shown a very close race in the Higgins electorate with the Liberal Party’s Kelly O’Dwyer on 42 per cent, Greens candidate Jason Ball on 25 per cent and Labor’s Carl Katter on 20 per cent.
The poll by Community Engagement surveyed 824 voters between the 21st and the 23rd of June 2016 with a margin of error of 3.4% and a confidence interval of 95%.
The findings indicate that in Higgins, over 60 per cent of people think Australia should be doing more to end global poverty and that the government should increase aid funding to 70 cents per every $100. More than half of Liberal voters think Australia should be doing more to end global poverty.
Additionally, the poll found increasing Australian aid could be a deciding election factor, with 15 per cent of unsure voters in Higgins saying the party or candidate positions on aid will be “very influential” in terms of their vote, with 30 per cent saying it will be “somewhat influential”.
“The Australian Labor Party and the Australian Greens have both made election promises to increase aid. While other countries are increasing their aid budgets to help collectively address global challenges, our government has cut aid by $11.3 billion. We’re calling on the Liberal Party to announce before the election that they will increase aid funding and do more to be part of solving global poverty and creating a fairer world for all,” said Tony Milne, Director of the Campaign for Australian Aid.
Full polling results can be found here: Campaign for Australian Aid Higgins Poll Results
If you’d like to arrange an interview or photo opportunity with Mr Milne, please contact Sarah Cannata on 0407 536 133.
About Campaign for Australian Aid
The Campaign for Australian Aid is a joint initiative of the Make Poverty History and Micah Australia coalitions, for all Australians who believe we can and should do more as a nation to end extreme poverty around the world. It represents over 65 aid and development organisations, church, business and community groups.
Authorised by Tony Milne, 1/4 Solwood Ln, Blackburn VIC.