EMRS: Liberal 49, Labor 22, Greens 19 in Tasmania

With the clock running down ahead of an election due in March, new poll results find no respite for the Lara Giddings-led Labor government in Tasmania.

The latest quarterly EMRS poll of state voting intention in Tasmania, conducted last week from a sample of 854 respondents, records Labor at just 22%, down six points from an already disastrous showing last time, although the pollsters’ charts suggest this to be part of a two-year pattern in which the Labor vote bounces up and down within the twenties. The Liberal vote is also down three points to a still commanding 49%, the drop making room for the rise of the Palmer United Party from 1% to 5%. The Greens are also up four points to 19%, their strongest showing since August last year. Kevin Bonham calculates this as an absolute majority for the Liberals with 13 or 14 seats out of 25, up from their present 10.

Below is a poll tracking chart derived from the full gamut of published polling from the current term, encompassing 14 EMRS and four ReachTEL polls. I’ve recalibrated the bias adjustments that probably marked the Greens down too hard last time (a tendency to inflate the Greens vote being a clear feature of EMRS polling in particular), which was based on federal election results that were complicated by the Andrew Wilkie factor in Denison. On top of the bias adjustment, the polling suggests that the Greens are pulling out of a lull that kicked in at the start of the year, with little change to major party support since the start of 2012.

The Burnie Advocate also reports that a ReachTEL poll of 657 respondents commissioned, for some reason, by the Nationals puts support for the Liberals across the northern and central Tasmanian electorates of Lyons, Bass and Braddon at 52% compared with 26% for Labor and 13% for the Greens, adding to the impression that the Liberals are very well placed to win third seats in each electorate, which would very likely secure them a parliamentary majority.

Author: William Bowe

William Bowe is a Perth-based election analyst and occasional teacher of political science. His blog, The Poll Bludger, has existed in one form or another since 2004, and is one of the most heavily trafficked websites on Australian politics.

4 comments on “EMRS: Liberal 49, Labor 22, Greens 19 in Tasmania”

  1. My article on the EMRS poll:


    There’s been a very lively dustup between PUP state candidate Marti Zucco and PUP Senator-elect Jacqui Lambie today; Lambie left somewhat abusive messages on Zucco’s message bank following a range of internal conflicts about policy development, the speed of preparation for the election and so on. Zucco has quit the party and says he will run as an independent. I always thought Marti and Clive were a match made in heaven but apparently not to be!

  2. According to Lambie:

    “Ms Lambie confirmed she had made the calls, which she said related to Mr Zucco’s forest workers plan.

    “It was a 1½-page business plan,” Ms Lambie said.

    “You can’t do a business plan in 1½ pages.

    “I rang Clive and said, ‘Do not release this for the federal election’.”

    Hard for me to see how releasing a 1.5 page business plan as a policy would come across as any more scatterbrained than a lot of PUP’s other output. I didn’t realise they did quality control.

    Zucco was at it again yesterday releasing an email from Alex Douglas that basically implied Lambie was a dumb bogan who needed to be managed. Zucco basically functions by continually getting involved in colourful incidents that keep his profile high for council elections. This one is one of his richest veins yet though the death of Nelson Mandela may have foiled his bid for a third front page out of it.

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