The ABC has come under attack by claiming that climate change was the number one issue for voters three days before climate champion Labor was hit in the polls.
ABC News said last week that a poll on its website, the voting compass, had determined that the environment was the most concern of voters.
The company claimed that its poll & # 39; was pretty representative of the population & # 39; – but later admitted that his readers did not represent the entire electorate.
Despite their efforts to promote the potential problems that the mine can cause for the climate (left), many residents of Queensland have focused on the positive impact that the mine will have on industry and jobs (right)
In a article on Monday after the elections, the ABC said that those who answered the survey had a & # 39; self-dialing sample & # 39; goods.
In the bulletin on May 15, newsreader Juanita Phillips said: & # 39; Australians have told the ABC voting compass that the area is the number one issue for them in this election. & # 39;
The clip was uploaded to YouTube by a viewer with the caption: & # 39; Listen to what the unreliable voting compass from ABC told us about what Australians thought only three days after election day.
& # 39; This report was broadcast on May 15, and provided even more evidence that the ABC consists of an echo chamber of the left, rich elite of inner cities and climate obsessions, and does not represent the views of wider Australia. & # 39;
The bulletin said the survey showed that a majority of Australians from all sides of the political spectrum want to take action against climate change, but disagree about its approach.
It was claimed that 81 percent of people want the government to do more to tackle climate change, compared to 61 percent in 2013.
The bulletin said that 96 percent of Labor voters want more action, while only 59 percent of coalition voters do.
The Adani coal mine was to be built in the Galilee basin (photo), about 500 km west of Mackay
Within a few hours of the closing polls on Saturday, the smiles had vanished from the face of Labor leader Bill Shorten (left). Labor senator Penny Wong (right) later admitted that her party's position on Adani may have made the biggest difference to the election result
The company claimed it weighed the comments & # 39; to make the survey representative.
It wrote: & # 39; Voice Compass responses are weighted by gender, age, education, and place of residence to match the Australian population, creating a nationally representative sample. & # 39;
The environment was clearly a problem in the election with both parties advocating policies to reduce emissions and climate change skeptic Tony Abbott losing Warringah to independent Zali Steggall.
And in the defense of the ABC, people are not only allowed to vote based on their main issue, but rather on a set of problems.
That said, the surprising Coalition victory seemed to show that jobs and economy were more important than climate change for voters.
Labor – who refused to give a clear answer about the Adani coal mine in Queensland while receiving green votes in the inner cities – was left without a single seat north of Brisbane.
Anti-Adani protesters traveling through Queensland in an attempt to encourage the local population to support Labor of The Greens (photo), voters had really turned to the coalition
The proposed Adani coal mine in the Queensland region will bring thousands of new jobs to the region. With many small towns in northeastern Australia fighting unemployment, the prospect of a major new project is
Debbie, a central Queensland voter, told Triple J & # 39; s Hack program after the election that there was much more to Adani than whether it was good or bad for climate change.
& # 39; It was a struggle for us in central Queensland, and I'd really like to let people know that we care about the environment, (but) it's not always an easy choice & # 39 ;, she said.
& # 39; Some policies are so extreme without a real plan or solution to replace coal as exports.
& # 39; We are talking about people with families and mortgages and it (mining) is their livelihood.
& # 39; A lot of the hype and the marches about hating coal and how bad coal is, while a lot of even my immediate family are involved in the coal industry, means it's not an easy choice to vote for extreme change. & # 39;
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the ABC for comment.
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