New online poll to take the pulse of regional Australia

FOR too long, the voice of regional Australia has been drowned out during federal elections. That's about to change.

Today, Fairfax Regional Media is launching Election 2013: Hot or Not?, an online opinion poll designed exclusively for rural and regional Australia.

Unlike others, our poll is not an attempt to predict the result of the September election. Instead, we want to uncover the issues that matter to you.

Help us take your political temperature and in return, we'll take your views direct to the corridors of power in Canberra.

With a network of hundreds of journalists across the country, we'll use the poll results to shape our online election coverage because like you, we think it's time the needs of regional Australia are given the attention they deserve.

So why wait until September to have your say?

Share what you're thinking and how you're feeling.

Once the votes have been cast, our number crunchers will work their magic and bring you the results online on Thursday and Friday.

There's never been a better time to make your voice heard and vote count.

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