SA FARMERS have overwhelmingly backed Scott Morrison as their choice for Prime Minister, while support for Labor leader Bill Shorten is almost non-existent.
In a recent survey undertaken by Australian Community Media's agricultural mastheads, 65 per cent of SA farmer participants said Mr Morrison was their preferred PM - more than 10 times the support shown for the second most popular individual mentioned, former PM Tony Abbott.
Mr Shorten was the preferred PM among just 2pc of surveyed SA farmers, equal with Labor's Anthony Albanese.
The Labor leader was even less popular than his deputy Tanya Plibersek on 3pc.
Whoever wins, this country needs strong leadership and people who will work for the country's best interest.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, Deputy PM Michael McCormack and The Greens' Richard di Natale received no support as preferred PM.
Seven per cent indicated they did not know who their preferred PM was, while 14pc wanted someone other than the suggested options.
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Farmers were also asked which party they planned to vote for on Saturday. The Liberals were well in front with 61pc of the vote, with 'other' the second-most popular option on 17pc - possibly indicating good support for Centre Alliance candidates.
Independents finished on 13pc, The Greens and Nationals on 2pc and Labor on just 1pc. Clive Palmer's extensive advertising campaign looks set to earn his United Australia Party 5pc of the farmer vote.
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While 82pc of producers most trust the Coalition to lead the next government, fewer believe the Liberals and Nationals will be victorious.
Forty-nine per cent of SA farmers tipped a Coalition win, while 42pc believed Labor would take the spoils.
IN YOUR WORDS
The main problem is that there is no long-term planning for anything. It's all short-term, ie next election rather than 10-15 years. We have given up so much internationally following ideals in free trade etc, we need to do what's best for Australia.
- Male, 35-44 years
We need a government that will not place additional burden on farmers with increased taxes to pay for city spending and instead support rural businesses.
- Female, 45-54
Doesn't seem to matter who is in office, nothing really seems to change. They all blame the other side for not doing anything/enough when they were in office but then don't do anything when in office themselves.
- Female, 35-44
Whoever wins, this country needs strong leadership and people who will work for the country's best interest. We are currently being governed by the wishes and activism of the minority and political correctness.
- Male, 65+
Reform is necessary. Labor is most likely to do this.
- Male, 65+
I am a Liberal voter but I would love for our pollies to just run the country and stop being kindergarten children. I would love for a Prime Minister to run a full term as well. I want a government who will bring wealth back to Australia and stop selling Australia off to the overseas market. Australia as we know it won't be around for our children's children if they keep going the way they are.
- Female, 45-54