Strong voter support for mining in key marginal electorates one year out from 2019 NSW state election

March 23, 2018

23rd March 2018

Strong voter support for mining in key marginal electorates

one year out from 2019 NSW state election


With a year until the next NSW state election, new public opinion research across four key marginal NSW electorates has found strong support for mining, and a high level of voter recognition of the importance of mining for strong local economies.

The survey of 3,424 people across the key state electorates of Upper Hunter, Tamworth, Orange and Port Stephens completed last week found voter support for mining at 56 percent, including 32 percent or almost one in three voters expressing ‘strong support’ of their local mining industry. Just 22 percent were opposed with 22 percent neutral.

There was strong recognition of the importance of mining to the economy, with 72 percent of voters agreeing that mining is important to a strong economic future for their local region, including 41 percent who believed it was very important. Just 21 percent thought mining was unimportant to their local economy, with 7 percent undecided.

The survey also found that political candidates that express their support their local mining industry are more likely than not to receive support from the voters.

40 percent of those surveyed said they would be more likely to vote for a political candidate that supported the local mining industry compared to 28 percent who said they would be less likely, and 31 percent saying it would make no difference to their vote.

“This latest research confirms strong support for mining across four key regional electorates that may help decide the outcome of the next state election,” NSW Minerals Council CEO, Stephen Galilee said today.  

“We welcome this support for mining, and we also understand that some do have different views. We will continue to seek to address these concerns so we can maintain strong community support into the future,” Mr Galilee said.

Contact: Harry Stutchbury | | 0409 758 734 | 02 9274 1419


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