The first Victorian state voting intention result from Newspoll since Galaxy took it over suggests Daniel Andrews’ Labor government lost a lot of gloss over the second half of last year. Conducted through November and December from a sample of 1205, the poll credits Labor with a two-party preferred lead of 52-48, compared with a honeymoon high of 58-42 in the previous Newspoll from May and June. The primary votes are 39% for Labor (down two), 43% for the Coalition (up eight) and 12% for the Greens (down two). Both leaders have copped sobering results on their personal ratings, with Daniel Andrews’ approval down eight to 43% and disapproval up seven to 39%, while Matthew Guy is respectively down eight to 27% and up eleven to 40%. Andrews’ lead as preferred premier is at 43-26, down from 48-24. Full display of results from The Australian here.
The latest Newspoll result from Victoria finds the year-old Labor government returning to earth with a thud – although Liberal leader Matthew Guy doesn’t appear to be making a favourable impression either.