Viewers of the runner-up debate were left frustrated and confused after waiting for the Nine panel to declare a winner.
Viewers of the runner-up election campaign debate have been left frustrated and hopeless after Nine’s two-hour broadcast failed to reveal a winner.
Host 60 minutes reporter Sarah Abo and panelists Deborah Knight of Nine radio, Nine Newspapers chief political correspondent David Crowe, and Nine political editor Chris Uhlmann filled in nearly 40 minutes of airtime while awaiting the results of an online poll conducted during the debate.
Citing a poll of 19,000 viewers conducted on Nine’s website, Abo initially declared Prime Minister Scott Morrison the winner with 52 percent of the vote, with 48 percent backing opposition leader Anthony Albanese’s performance.
The panel discussed the results, which they described as “unsurprising” and referred to Mr Morrison’s “superiority” as debatable, before they changed the results minutes later.
“We have some breaking news,” Abo said. “We have received more than 30,000 votes and now it has changed. Anthony Albanese is now at 51 percent and Scott Morrison at 49 percent.
“The numbers are coming in and going up, people are sticking with the QR code and it has been invested.”
The result, however, was short-lived, with only a few minutes passing before the debate was declared a “dead tie” before the broadcast abruptly ended.
“I just got the numbers back and now it’s a tie,” Abo said.
“That is based on an excess of 30,000 votes. Thanks to you at home. That’s where we’ll leave the 60 minutes Special event.”
Viewers were left frustrated and confused.
The confusing announcements came after viewers were already frustrated by technical issues affecting their ability to comment online.
Viewers were encouraged to scan a QR code to vote in the debate, but many were unable to enter an answer to questions such as who they would vote for, which party they thought would win, and who would make a better prime minister.
Some of those who had clicked from the QR code were greeted with a message saying “we are experiencing a high volume of traffic right now. Bear with us and you will have a chance to express your opinion”, while others entered their answers but received an error message.
Abo addressed the issue several times on air, asking the audience to “be patient”, and attempted to put a positive spin on the issue later in the show by saying “it shows that the audience is engaged and we thank them for that”. Keep trying, because you’ll get over it.”
Before the disappointing statement, Abo revealed the results of an online poll conducted during the heated debate in which 50,000 votes were requested on the question “Who do you think would be the best prime minister?”, Albanese came out in front with 49 percent. , compared to 45 percent for Mr. Morrison and 6 percent who said they were undecided.
Aside from questions of politics, and Morrison’s accusations that the Labor Party lacked politics, much of the debate centered around character and whether both candidates were trustworthy and honest.
Uhlmann got right to the point when he asked, “Scott Morrison, you say people know you and clearly they do, so why don’t they trust you?”
After a failure-prone career as prime minister with missteps ranging from vacationing in Hawaii during the devastating 2019 wildfires to suggesting it was a triumph that protesters during the March 4 Justice rally outside the House of Parliament were not “received with bullets”, Mr Morrison defended his past. Registration.
“People would disagree with a lot of things I did and would have a different opinion about how things could have been handled,” the prime minister said.
“So I can understand the pain and feelings that people have had coming out of a time like this. That can lead them to feel bad about the government and bad about their leaders as we have seen in many places around the world, so I understand that.
“What I do say to those Australians is that you have seen what we have achieved together, we have one of the lowest unemployment rates this country has ever seen.”
Pushing the point further, Crowe said that the Labor Party campaign had focused on the fact that this sentiment existed.
“As they would say, it is the people who know you best, Barnaby Joyce, Gladys Berejiklian and even Emmanuel Macron, the people who have questioned your honesty,” he said.
Morrison replied, “From time to time, I disagree with people and they won’t agree with the position I’m taking, whether I decide to put the national interest first and not the French submarines.”
Turning Albanese around, Knight said: “Mr Albanese, you have been in the public eye for almost three decades in parliament, but many people still say they don’t know you and what you stand for. for.
“Has it been counterproductive to become a small target in this campaign?”
Albanese responded: “I think Australians know what I stand for. I had the same values all my life. The values of supporting a fair days pay for a job.
“The values of supporting essential universal services, like Medicare, supporting universal retirement, now we want to extend that.”
Shouldn’t a leader unite and not divide?
Pointing to Mr. Morrison, Knight asked: Deb Knight asked: “The hard truth is that a lot of people don’t like you and Chris refers to comments from those on your own side as ‘hypocritical’, ‘lying’ and ‘horrible’ . person’, shouldn’t a leader unite and not divide?
Mr Morrison replied: “I am the first Prime Minister to face election after being first elected three years ago.
“When I became Prime Minister, our party needed to be united and that is what I have done. “We have not seen the revolving door under my leadership.
“I brought my party together, I brought my Coalition together, I brought my Coalition together by getting to net zero by 2050, that’s something that took a lot of leadership to bring my party together in unity.”
Host Sarah Abo said: “The truth is that voters are disenchanted. None of them are thrilled with either of you as the choice for prime ministers.
“We know that more than a quarter of voters are undecided, and you have been on the campaign trail for four weeks, have you not convinced them that you are the one who should be re-elected?” host Sarah Abo said.
“You are right, there is a choice in elections – (elections) are a choice. It’s not a choice about whether you like someone or you don’t like someone, it’s a choice about who you think has the economic blueprint and the strength to lead the country at a time almost unprecedented in the time of World War II. and the Great Depression,” said Scott Morrison.
Asking Mr. Albanese the same question, Abo asked: “Do you think you’ve done enough in the four weeks you’ve been campaigning?”
“To get back to your original question, Australians are disillusioned with the political system,” he said. “We all have to do better. It is one of the reasons why we need a National Anti-Corruption Commission, to restore faith.
“We have a series of plans for cheaper childcare, safer work, to address climate change as the opportunity that it is, a series of policies that we will continue to put forward and the Australian people will decide.
“Starting tomorrow. Our democracy is precious and we need to assess it. We need to make sure Australians can have faith in it and that is why we must do everything we can to create institutions and structures that enhance that faith in our political system.”