A swinging voter says he was influenced by a single word Anthony Albanese said during Wednesday night’s final election debate.
Voter Kurt, in Queensland’s main seat of Lilley, told Channel Seven that Prime Minister Morrison “talked very much about ‘you and your responsibilities’.”
While Mr Albanese used the word ‘we’ and ‘we exist in a society’ and ‘we work together’. So that was a bit more positive for me,” he said, making it clear where his vote would go.
As politicians regularly say, every vote counts, and a new poll has suggested there are more on the side of Labor than the coalition – with predictions that Mr Albanian’s party could be on track to win 80 out of 150 to win seats in the upcoming elections.
Anthony Albanese (pictured left) was judged by previously undecided voters as the winner of Wednesday night’s debate with Scott Morrison (pictured right)
While his campaign is riddled with gaffes such as not knowing interest rates, unemployment or his own NDIS policies, Mr Albanian may be just nine days away from becoming prime minister.
In the debate, hosted by the Seven Network, undecided voters in electorates that needed to win across the country pointed in the direction of a Labor victory.
Fifty percent of the 160 voters polled said Mr Albanian won the debate, and 34 percent said Mr Morrison did.
However, there is still some hope for Mr Morrison’s side for a late swing back, with 16 percent still undecided.
But more scientific polls, with a much broader base of people polled, show that Labor has a strong lead to take power.
a new YouGov/MRP poll shows Labor would win the government with 80 seats in it if elections were held today.
With a massive sample size of nearly 19,000 voters, the poll showed the coalition would be reduced to 63 seats, with one Greens MP reelected, along with seven independents.
The latest News Poll went even further, showing that Labor was on track for a landslide victory, with 85 seats.
However, the coalition can take some solace in the fact that polls in the run-up to the 2019 election all pointed to a Labor victory, and they were all wrong.
Swing voter Kurt (pictured right) watching the election debate between Scott Morrison and Albanian last night, said just one word from the Labor leader was enough to get his vote
However, pollsters have revised and refined their methods after that debacle and the polls proved right in the recent state elections in South Australia.
The host of last night’s debate, Mark Riley, asked the two leaders to note the strength of the other. Mr Morrison still managed to turn a positive into a negative.
“What I’ve always admired about Anthony is that he’s never forgotten where he comes from,” he said.
“He grew up on the housing committee and I have no doubt that the other day on Mother’s Day is probably always the hardest day of every year, it’s for him.
“And he has shown that he is able to rise to the rank of leader of one of the oldest parties in this country, for which he deserves credit.”
When Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured right) was asked to say something positive about Anthony Albanese (left), he managed to turn it into something negative.
But, he added, “As much as I respect what he’s been able to accomplish, I just don’t believe he’s been able to demonstrate his ability to convey the details to do this job.”
Mr Albanese said: ‘Scott is absolutely committed to his nation. And I admire that.
‘And on a range of topics, to name just one, the mental health of young people. We’ve seen more funding for mental health, but especially more funding for Headspace and those issues.
“Mental health is something that wasn’t talked about when we were all a little younger. It is good that it is being discussed, it is good that the Prime Minister is also talking about it.’
That was just as nice as the rivals were about each other, but for the next nine days the gloves are off.