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Poll shows it’s no walkover

Wednesday, 28th August, 2013

Voters favoured Labor marginally over the Liberals in a poll outside the pre-polling booth in Argent Street yesterday. Voters favoured Labor marginally over the Liberals in a poll outside the pre-polling booth in Argent Street yesterday.

By Kurtis J Eichler

Labor holds a narrow lead over the Liberals in Broken Hill, with an exit poll showing support for both parties almost neck and neck.

The poll conducted yesterday outside the pre-polling booth in Argent Street shows the ALP on 51 per cent with the Liberals trailing on 49 per cent.

The results could ease the minds of Labor elders worried that the party is facing electoral wipe-out at a local level based on national opinion polls favouring the Coalition.

Sussan Ley would be the first non-Labor federal politician to win Broken Hill in history if she walked away with all eight booths.

Almost 1000 people have voted in past two days at the pre-poll booth at 195 Argent Street, opposite Lifeline.

Voters yesterday had their reasons for backing their preferred parties, with the majority of Labor backers saying they had voted that way forever.

“I can’t handle Tony Abbott,” Labor man Steve Sliwka said. “If we had someone else there I’d probably change my mind.”

One station owner said he was voting for Ms Ley because “that’s what we need”.

Swinging voter John Beck said reading the newspapers had helped make his mind up.

“Basically, from all the reading I’ve done about the parties, the Liberal party has far more to offer.”

A poll taken in Argent Street two weeks ago showed Labor trailing the Coalition with many voters throwing their support behind Ms Ley and the minor parties.

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