According to election results, areas with low levels of tertiary education swung strongly to the Coalition in NSW and Queensland, helping propel Scott Morrison to victory.
The result in Warringah can be seen as being fought on local issues, where the former prime minister had come to be out of step with his constituents.
GetUp! has notched many political victories since launching in 2005. Now, independents and conservatives are trying to replicate its approach to grassroots political participation.
In the research's February round, many participants hadn't heard of Steggall. By last week – unsurprisingly given the rash of publicity – everybody had, although some knew little detail about her.
The former prime minister has changed his mind yet again on the Paris targets, this time because he is under pressure in his seat of Warringah.
Deep Saini speaks with Michelle Grattan about the week in politics.
According to qualitative research in the seat this week, Steggall is yet to embed herself in the mind of those voters who are potentially willing to turn against Abbott.
The Sydney electorate of Warringah will be one of the most fascinating battlegrounds in the May election, with a high profile independent Zali Stegall challenging former prime minister Tony Abbott.
Despite a week of heated debate over the medevac legilation, the latest polls continue to show Labor with an election-winning lead.
Just as with Kevin07, formerly Coalition-friendly independents gave life-long centre-right voters a way to break ranks without feeling like they were being disloyal. Zali Steggall is doing the same.
Deep Saini speaks with Michelle Grattan about the week in Australian politics.