Labor leads locally, so far
RESULTS from The Northern Star reader's election survey show Labor is ahead in the polls in the Northern Rivers.
The non-scientific online survey was undertaken as part of a larger APN survey between August 30 and September 3 which looked at the political views of our readers in this state and Queensland.
It asked 176 readers in The Northern Star's region what they considered the biggest issues for this election and which way they were likely to vote.
It found 39.2% of readers would vote for the ALP, just 5.1% ahead of the 34.1% who would vote for the Coalition.
Of those polled, 12.5% said they would vote for the Greens and only 2.8% remained undecided as of last week.
The participants said their answers were unlikely to change between last Friday and tomorrow, with only 20.1% saying they had changed their mind about who they would vote for over the last month.
The results showed a lack of overwhelming support for either leader.
While the readers said they trusted incumbent Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as a leader over Tony Abbott, the difference was only 11.4%.
The majority of readers remained dissatisfied with the Prime Minister's performance during the election campaign.
Figures also reflected the majority were dissatisfied with the Coalition leader's performance.
Interestingly, more than 44% of readers said they were never going to vote for Labor, regardless of who the leader of the party was.
Only 9.1% said they had changed their mind based on Kevin Rudd's re-instatement to the top job.
Readers identified the economy as the top election issue.
This was closely followed by health, employment, broadband and the environment.
Overall, readers named Labor policies as the best for regional and rural Australia with the Nationals behind by just 2.3%.
Of the respondents, 99 were male and 73 were female and four chose not to specify their gender.