Online election poll predicts Elliot to canter in
SITTING Richmond MP Justine Elliot will romp home at the September federal election if the results of a My Daily News online poll are any indication.
The Labor MP attracted 67% of the 1230 votes posted by My Daily News readers, putting her comfortably ahead of her three political rivals.
The result belies national polling, which shows Labor attracting just 32% of the vote which would result in a coalition landslide if replicated at the September 14 election.
Ms Elliot's lead remained consistent throughout the week-long poll conducted from June 5-12.
She credited the results with her opposition to CSG.
"Locals know that I stand with them in opposing coal seam gas mining and that a vote for me is a vote to stop CSG on the North Coast," she said.
Dr Phil Allen, who is standing for Palmer United Party, gained 14% or 176 votes. Dr Allen said he was pleasantly surprised considering the party had only been launched a few weeks ago.
National Party candidate Matthew Fraser attracted 12% or 156 votes.
Mr Fraser said he doubted the veracity of the results as internal party polling and feedback from voters was that border protection, cost of living pressures and employment were the most pressing issues in Richmond.
"Labor doesn't have a good track record on these issues," he said.
Ms Elliot's attempts to make the election a referendum on CSG were failing, he said.
"There's no commercially viable gas coal seam gas in Richmond so therefore no mining in Richmond."
"I think most people are pretty switched on... they know that there's no gas here."
Greens candidate Dawn Walker received 5% or 72 votes.
Ms Walker said the result did not accurately reflect the enthusiastic response she was receiving while campaigning.
She said Labor's cuts to the single parent allowance and the lack of affordable housing in the region were the biggest concerns of the voters she met.
It was not a scientific poll with the results reflecting only the opinions of those who chose to participate.