WHILE the comments on most political stories the Advocate has placed online over the election campaign has been wide and varied, it appears there's some common ground in the seat of Cowper.
Vote Compass, which is being hosted by the ABC, was developed by a non-profit group of political scientists and allows people to answer a short series of questions to discover how they fit in the Australian political landscape
It was launched on the same day Kevin Rudd announced the September 7 election date and has generated more than 1.1 million responses since.
Vote Compass released data on Wednesday identifying the top 20 seats where the average voter most and least supported the policy positions raised in the survey.
The Coffs Coast's seat of Cowper appeared as strong believer in three questions asked by the online poll.
According to the Cowper residents who took part in the poll, a lot of common ground can be found in the following three statements:
- There should be more restrictions on coal seam gas exploration
- Private health insurance rebates should depend on income
- The government should further restrict foreign ownership of Australian agricultural land
While 20 questions were asked by the ABC, the fact Cowper rated so highly on these three issues highlights the issues that resonate so much among the local community.