Voter attitudes towards information sources during local government elections

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Jones, Dianne and Feldman, Alison. 2006. "Voter attitudes towards information sources during local government elections." Local Government Association of Queensland Incorporated 110th Annual Conference: Closest to the People. Toowoomba, Australia 28 - 31 Aug 2006 http://lgaq.asn.au/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=c51d174379753aaf2f2260e7182fef07&groupId=10136.
Paper/Presentation Title

Voter attitudes towards information sources during local government elections

Presentation TypeKeynote
AuthorsJones, Dianne (Author) and Feldman, Alison (Author)
Journal or Proceedings TitleLocal Government Association of Queensland Incorporated 110th Annual Conference Proceedings
Number of Pages4
Year2006
Place of Publicationhttp://lgaq.asn.au/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=c51d174379753aaf2f2260e7182fef07&groupId=10136
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttp://lgaq.asn.au/annual-conference/-/journal_content/56/10136/6A956BB38FBCB9DE62A6236C19A26F72?p_p_auth=7zmSWwT8&_56_showArticlTitleInPortlet=true
Conference/EventLocal Government Association of Queensland Incorporated 110th Annual Conference: Closest to the People
Event Details
Local Government Association of Queensland Incorporated 110th Annual Conference: Closest to the People
Event Date
28 to end of 31 Aug 2006
Event Location
Toowoomba, Australia
Event Venue
Empire Theatre
Abstract

The high turnover rate in councillors across Queensland at the 2004 local government elections has been attributed in part to the volatility caused by greater media and public interest in council issues. Of the 744 sitting councillors who stood for re-election, one fifth or 142 lost their seats. New candidates won 393 seats, an increase of 8 per cent in the election of new councillors compared with the 2000 election. What was the media’s role in these outcomes?

Candidates in all levels of government have always tried to reach voters in order to win elections. Many see the media as the way to get voters’ attention. Voters too have used media information about candidates to help them decide their vote. However, a new study – by the University of Southern Queensland – suggests voters across all age groups are using a variety of information sources when deciding for whom to vote at local council elections.

The findings signal a change in voters’ attitudes to mainstream media and alternative sources of information about candidates. This address, presented by USQ Lecturer in Broadcast Journalism, Dianne Jones, and Senior Lecturer in Public Relations, Alison Feldman, examines the ways voters use local media during council election campaigns and voters’ attitudes to information about candidates. In light of LGAQ polling in 2003 which suggested that “provincial cities and towns would see the most active campaigning and possibility of changes”, this paper also canvasses strategies for candidates and/or their advisors who are seeking to mount an effective election campaign in 2008.

Keywordsmedia, council, local government, voters, election, campaign, Internet, online, Web
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020470105. Journalism studies
440801. Australian government and politics
470107. Media studies
Public Notes

See page 4 of the Proceedings pdf, that shows the rundown for Wednesday, 30 August, 2006, and lists our address to start at 8.45am.

Byline AffiliationsFaculty of Arts
Department of Arts
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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