After distributing over 20,000 surveys, as well as taking submissions on my website, the initial results of the Higgins survey are in.
Approximately 10% of Higgins residents contacted responded, the remainder coming directly from my website survey.
Each resident was asked for their views on five key policy questions and then asked to rank their remaining top four issues in order of importance. A copy of the survey can be found below.
The results are as follows:
|Ranking||Issue||Number of Respondents|
|1||Private Health Insurance Rebate – For||1841|
|2||Parental Choice in School Education – For||1570|
|3||Improving Local Road/Rail Infrastructure||1491|
|4||Carbon Tax – Against||1473|
|5||Government Debt, Waste and Mismanagement||1448|
|6||Reducing Cost of Living Pressures||1234|
|7||Mining Tax – For||1089|
|8||Same-Sex Marriage – For||1007|
|9||Same-Sex Marriage – Against||1001|
|10||Backing Small Business||908|
|11||Mining Tax – Against||901|
|12||Tackling Crime in Our Local Community||818|
|13||Investing in Mental Health Care||815|
|14||Creating Local Jobs||789|
|15||Securing Australia’s Borders||735|
A total of 2,775 constituents completed the survey between 17 April 2012 and 02 July 2012.
Some interesting points:
- of the top five issues, four of them are directly related to cost of living pressures.
- those for and against same-sex marriage are split almost exactly 50-50.
- improving investment in local road and rail infrastructure, specifically removal of level crossings, is a major issue for Higgins residents.
“Since becoming the local Federal Member for Higgins, I have made my responsibility to engage and listen to the local community. As such I have held 12 Higgins Forums and multiple Mobile Office meetings at various locations around the electorate.”
“I welcome the views of all Higgins residents and invite them to continue to participate in this process and complete my survey.”