What’s the polar opposite topic to climate change? Probably “cost of living”.
The latest Newspoll shows that the Coalition has far more to gain from addressing cost of living instead of “climate change”. Labor voters are even more focused on cost of living than conservatives — which means there are a lot of Labor voters who can be potentially won over to the conservative side if the Liberal-National government plays the cost of living card against climate change and shows they are the team to get costs lower.
As far as conservative voters go, Climate Change ranked 5th as an issue. For every vote the Libs lose by aggressively tackling this — they stand to win far more. Furthermore, of the one in ten voters who are “conservative” and concerned about climate change, how many will dump the concern if we finally get some real debate in Australia? If one major party starts to talk about how futile and expensive it is to change the global climate these numbers will swing.
The cost of living is now the greatest concern for voters, with a majority claiming it should be the federal government’s top priority.
Amid high energy prices and stagnant private sector wage growth, an exclusive Newspoll commissioned by The Australian shows 37 per cent of voters named cost of living as the most important issue, with 19 per cent citing economic management.
We can’t have both a low cost of living and a forced renewables transition. The Coalition could wedge Labor on this if they dared face the name-calling bullies.
The Newspoll is the third to be conducted since the election and surveyed 1661 voters across city and country areas from September 5 to 7.
It involved 956 online surveys and 705 robo interviews with a margin of error plus or minus of 2.4 per cent.
Both parties pander to the namecallers, and debate is practically non-existent in the Australian mainstream media, so this poll is “as good as it gets” for the unskeptical alarmists.