Most West Australians believe the mining boom is either helping their personal circumstances or having no impact either way, according to the latest Westpoll.
In a surprise result on the issue, only 23 per cent of people surveyed thought the growth in the resources industry was harming their ability to make ends meet.
While that represents one in four West Australians, 42 per cent of people said the boom was helping them and 33 per cent didn't see it as being help or hindrance.
"There is a partisan effect, with Liberals more positive and Labor voters more negative about the mining boom," pollster Keith Patterson of Patterson Research Group said.
"Younger Liberals are also more likely to regard the boom as a helpful factor than are their older counterparts."
In what could be seen as an encouraging sign for the Barnett Government, increases in electricity prices and the cost of living in WA did not emerge as the number one considerations of voters.
Economic management emerged as the hot issue with 23 per cent of people saying it would play the biggest role in determining which side of politics they would support.
Power rises and the overall cost of living came in second at 17 per cent.
"We've been raising issues of economic management in WA for the past four years," Labor leader Mark McGowan said.
"Debt has gone from $3.6 billion to $18 billion this year. Perhaps there is some disquiet in the community about economic management and I'm keen for it to be a major election issue."
Mines Minister Norman Moore was not surprised by poll's findings, saying support for the mining boom was consistent with his experience.He said he was comfortable with his Government's track record on cost of living issues.
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