Facebook has released data showing people in the electorates of Page and Richmond were the second and third most engaged with election issues in Australia during the first week of the election campaign. Photo: contributed
Facebook has released data showing people in the electorates of Page and Richmond were the second and third most engaged with election issues in Australia during the first week of the election campaign. Photo: contributed contributed

Page and Richmond Facebook users engage with election

SOCIAL media users in the federal electorates of Page and Richmond have been the second and third most engaged with election issues in Australia.

As Election Day looms, many of the 14 million Australians who regularly engaged on Facebook have taken to the platform to discuss key issues important to them.  

Facebook yesterday released data around the Australian conversations that have taken place in the first week after the election was called between May 8 and 15.

Facebook has released data showing people in the electorates of Page and Richmond were the second and third most engaged with election issues in Australia during the first week of the election campaign. Photo: contributed
Facebook has released data showing people in the electorates of Page and Richmond were the second and third most engaged with election issues in Australia during the first week of the election campaign. Photo: contributed contributed

The ‘Economy’, ‘the Budget’ and ‘Accountability/Governance’ were the most discussed topics regardless of age or gender.

During the first week of the election campaign, people in the seats of Macquarie (NSW), Page, Richmond, Dawson (QLD) and Eden-Monaro (NSW) were those that discussed election-related topics the most.

Facebook users in Page were highly focused on both Budget-related and Election-related conversations.

It is the only seat to be amongst the top five engaged in pre-budget conversation, budget week conversations and now the first week of the election campaign conversations.

Election-related terms are being most discussed in key regional electorates, similar to the budget conversations that were happening on Facebook.

Facebook has released data showing people in the electorates of Page and Richmond were the second and third most engaged with election issues in Australia during the first week of the election campaign. Photo: contributed
Facebook has released data showing people in the electorates of Page and Richmond were the second and third most engaged with election issues in Australia during the first week of the election campaign. Photo: contributed contributed

Incumbent Page MP Kevin Hogan is taking on former member, Labor’s Janelle Saffin, The Greens Kudra Falla-Ricketts and Beth McAlpine from the Christian Democratic Party, in the July 2 election.

Justine Elliot, who has been the member for Richmond since 2004, is going up against Matthew Fraser of The Nationals, Dawn Walker of The Greens, Beil Smith of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation Party, Russell Kilarney of the Christian Democratic Party.

The most discussed issues on Facebook were:

Economy: 55%

Budget: 45%

Accountability/Governance: 28%

Social Issues: 18%

Foreign Policy: 16%

Benefits/Social Welfare: 15%

Environment: 14%

Terrorism/Surveillance: 4%



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