The Age today has a ReachTEL poll of state voting intention in Victoria which finds the Labor government leading 51-49. The exact state of the primary vote is unclear, as the report provides a mix of numbers that include and exclude the forced response follow-up question for the undecided. The Age report leads with numbers showing a dramatic weakening in Premier Daniel Andrews’ personal standing and a highly negative response to his handling of the Country Fire Authority issue. Opposition Leader Matthew Guy holds a 51-49 lead over Andrews as preferred premier, and he has 42.0% support as best person to lead the ALP over 35.9% for Jane Garrett, who resigned as Emergency Services Minister over the CFA issue, with Tim Pallas on 11.4% and James Merlino on 10.6%. Andrews’ handling of the CFA issue is rated very poor by 41.8%, poor by 17.0%, average by 24.4%, good by 11.2%, and very good by 5.6%, and his relationship with the unions is rated too close by 50.3%, about right by 41.7% and not close enough by 8.0%. The poll of 1653 voters was conducted on Thursday night.
A new Victorian poll finds respondents savaging Daniel Andrews over the Country Fire Authority issue, but Labor nonetheless retaining a narrow lead on voting intention.