Politicians don't care: residents

A RECENT poll has found more than 60 per cent of people living in the central west think politicians don’t care enough about regional Australia.

Another 30.9 per cent believe they don’t care about regional areas at all.

The findings come from the Fairfax Regional online poll Election 2013: Hot or Not?, in which 259 central west residents had their say.

Of the 259 respondents, only 20 people (7.7 per cent) believed politicians cared and were doing enough about regional Australia.

When asked which party cared the most about regional areas, almost 60 per cent of respondents chose the Coalition.

The Coalition remained popular across the region with 149 respondents to the survey saying they would give them their vote come September.

One-hundred-andtwenty-eight respondents said they voted for the Coalition in the last election.

In the seat of Calare, Bathurst and Orange respondents gave more votes to the Coalition, with 90 people saying they would vote that way in September, up from 75 in the last election.

Votes for Labor are also on the decline across the two towns, with 55 people voting Labor in the last election and 43 saying they would vote that way this year.

Over in the seat of Parkes, covering Dubbo and Mudgee, the responses were similar to those given at the last election.

Sixty-five respondents answered the question, with 38 saying they would vote for the Coalition and 13 saying they would vote for Labor at this year’s election.

This was a change of 37 votes to the Coalition last election and 16 to Labor.

The rest of the respondents said they would vote for either an independent or The Greens this time around.

The responses came from residents across the central west in Orange, Bathurst, Dubbo, Mudgee, Lithgow, Cowra, Parkes and Forbes.

To read the nationwide results from the Election 2013: Hot or not? poll click here.

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