Survey shock: Ipswich loves the Royals

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.
Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Bang Showbiz

IPSWICH voters are among the country's most enthusiastic supporters of Australia retaining its ties with the monarchy and not becoming a republic.

And they are just as passionate about Australia investing more money on defence, and getting tougher on temporary foreign workers and restricting the number of 457 visas issued.

Those attitudes became clear when the ABC published results of its Vote Compass survey, which measures the responses of 900,000 Australians to a number of propositions.

The report showcases the electorates where voters are 'most in agreement' and 'least in agreement' with the propositions put forward in the Vote Compass survey.

Voters in the electorate of Blair ranked ninth in the country in their support for the monarchy.

Of the 10 electorates that stood most firmly behind the monarchy, nine were Queensland seats - including Wright, which also covers parts of Ipswich.

Federal LNP candidate Teresa Harding said she supported Australia's form of government and saw no reason it change it.

But Labor MP for Blair Shayne Neumann said he thought it was time Australia had its own head of state and believed the change was inevitable.

Voters in Blair ranked sixth in the nation - and first in Queensland - for their support of tougher restrictions on 457 visas, which allow foreign visitors to work temporarily in Australia.

Ms Harding said she believed skilled migration helped build a stronger nation for the long term and was a key driver of Australia's economic performances.

But Mr Neumann said his party was an advocate of tightening restrictions on the 457 visas to ensure employers only used the scheme to fill genuine skill shortages.

He said the issue was one of the defining differences between Labor and the Coalition.

He said more restrictions would create more local job opportunities and make it harder for employers to exploit workers from overseas.

When asked 'how much should the government spend on defence?', Blair voters were among the top 10 electorates in favour of more - perhaps because of the 5000 defence personnel based at RAAF Amberley.

Mr Neumann said he remained committed to continue investment in the Australian Defence Force to ensure it had the capabilities to protect the national interest.

Ms Harding said the first responsibility of any government was the security of Australia and its people.

She said the Coalition was committed to "returning the defence budget to 2% of GDP when Labor's budget crisis, debt and deficit have been addressed."

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