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Greens and Labor slug it out over preferences in Melbourne by-election
On Line Opinion (2012)
  • Jo Coghlan, Southern Cross University
By-elections offer the opportunity to evaluate how a political party is travelling. While opinion polls do a similar thing, votes rather than voting intention, can tell us a lot about voter’s judgements of candidates, leaders and policy. Political strategists do not dismiss by-elections, as they are often indicative of national trends that may impact on their electoral fortunes. If a party, leader, or policy is unpopular in one electorate, it is likely that this may be the case in other electorates. By-election results, particularly those that show a swing against incumbents, can indicate broader national trends.
  • Melbourne by-election 2012
Publication Date
July 23, 2012
Citation Information
Jo Coghlan. "Greens and Labor slug it out over preferences in Melbourne by-election" On Line Opinion (2012)
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