Neville in front, but race is on

PAUL Neville may be in front, but undecided voters could hold the key to who will be Hinkler's champion in the federal election in two weeks.

In an exclusive poll carried out by the NewsMail and its sister newspaper the Fraser Coast Chronicle, 38% of voters said they had still not made up their minds.

But with a total of 503 voters in Bundaberg and Hervey Bay asked about their voting intentions, an overwhelming 38% nominated sitting Member for Hinkler Paul Neville as the candidate they would vote for.

Labor candidate Belinda McNeven was well back with a total of only 18%.

The poll also shows the smaller parties and independents are not making any impact with voters.

Independent Adrian Wone, who started out as a Greens candidate but then quit the party, scored 12 votes.

Greens candidate Jenny Fitzgibbon had eight votes and Family First's Trevor Versace garnered five votes.

Independent Cy d'Oliveira also scored five votes, none of them in his home town of Hervey Bay.

Despite his strong polling, Mr Neville said he was taking nothing for granted.

“There's a lot of people still haven't made up their minds,” he said. “While it might seem superficially encouraging, there's still a fortnight to go.”

Mr Neville said he would be working flat out to election day engaging with as many people as he could.

Ms McNeven said she had nothing to say about the poll.

“Hearing the results of a poll won't change a thing for me,” she said.

“I couldn't be working any harder to get my message out to the people of Hinkler.”

Mr Wone said he had suspected he was not doing too well, but with the number of people saying they were undecided things could be worse.

Family First candidate Mr Versace said although it was hard to put much faith in polls, they were usually a bit of an indication.

“There's a big proportion of undecideds and I've got the chance to pick up a few yet,” he said.

Mr d'Oliveira said he had taken the pulse of the electorate.

“There's going to be a big upset in Hinkler and that'll be me,” he said.

“I think that undecided 38% is going to vote for me.”

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