Voters turned off by tertiary reforms, results of union poll
IF a Federal Government election was held tomorrow, the incumbent Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, would lose her seat.
That's what the National Tertiary Education Union has claimed following a random phone poll conducted across Australia, including Capricornia.
The results showed the LNP Government's changes to tertiary education had turned a portion of Capricornia voters from supporting the current party in power to the Labor and Palmer United parties.
Of the 1000-plus Capricornia voters interviewed, 39% said they now preferred the Labor Party, 31% preferred the LNP and 18% now favoured the Palmer United Party.
Do you think changes to tertiary education by Federal Gov't will determine an election now?
This poll ended on 25 July 2014.
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
The voters who took part were asked whether or not they supported three LNP government changes to tertiary education.
They were asked if they supported: a significant increase to students' university fees, cutting public funding to university courses by 20% and the provision of funding for privately-owned higher education institutions.
Those who took part in the poll were also asked which party they would vote for at the next Federal Government election.
The poll showed a 9% swing against the coalition in Capricornia.
The union's Central Queensland Branch president, Dr William Blayney, said that was a clear rejection of the government's changes to higher education.