Newspoll has published the second bi-monthly poll of Victorian state voting intention since Denis Napthine became Premier, and the results are broadly similar to the first: the Coalition steady on 43%, Labor down two to 35% and the Greens steady on 12%, with the Coalition moving to a 51-49 lead after pulling level in the previous poll (Baillieu’s final results were 53-47 and 55-45). The Coalition’s primary vote stasis obscures a two-point lift for the Liberals to 40% and a corresponding drop for the Nationals to 3%. Napthine continues to enjoy a strong personal approval rating, up three to 53%, but his disapproval is also up seven to 26% as the uncommitted jump off the fence. Daniel Andrews is down seven to 35% and up six to 34%, partly reversing an unusual result in the immediate aftermath of the Liberal leadership turmoil. Napthine’s lead as preferred premier has widened from 43-24 to 49-26, again reflecting a fall in the uncommitted as respondents become accustomed to the new Premier.
Newspoll finds Denis Napthine continuing to record strong personal ratings, but with Labor still at the Coalition’s heels on two-party preferred.