Our readers are divided about light rail, and not necessarily along party lines as you might expect.
Nearly 20% of participants in a RiotACT poll on the issue have the opposite view on light rail to that of the party they want to vote for.
The poll, which was first published on Thursday and remains open, asks readers whether light rail will affect their vote in the ACT election.
With only 2% between those who say they will vote for anti-light rail candidates and those who say they’ll vote for pro-light rail campaigners, the final decision of the conflicted voters could make all the difference on polling day.
When we last checked, 765 people had voted in the poll.
277 (36%) said they would vote for candidates who were anti-light rail.
263 (34%) said they would vote for pro-light rail candidates.
75 (10%) their vote would not be affected by the issue.
62 (8%) said they were torn because they were anti-light rail but wanted to vote Labor, with 56 (7%) wanting to vote Green despite also being anti-light rail.
Also torn were 32 (4%) who said they were pro-light rail but would like to vote Liberal.
We’re not arguing that these figures provide an accurate breakdown of views held out there in the electorate. There is inherent bias in all online polls given the sample is not randomised: those who participate choose to do so because they feel strongly about the issue and only know about the poll because they have internet access and read the RiotACT, which is not the case for all Canberrans.
However, we think that the major parties have work to do to in the remaining weeks before the election to win over those voters who are feeling conflicted.
Perhaps Canberrans think it’s time for a change, that Labor has been in office long enough, but will they vote Liberal if seeing the light rail network built is important to them?
Will being opposed to light rail be enough to make usually loyal Labor and Greens supporters switch sides?
Given such decisions need only be made once voters walk into the polling booth, we can’t know the answers to these questions.
We can expect to see more talk about light rail between now and October 15, though. A lot more.
You can have your say about all of this in the comments or via the poll itself, below.