Will Hodgman

New polling figures released today reveal almost one in five Tasmanians are unwilling to support any of the three major party leaders as preferred Premier.

The status quo remains in the latest EMRS State Voting Intentions Poll with little overall change since the last poll, however, the Greens are the biggest losers with a seven per cent drop in the past year.

Labor is able to take some heart from a two-point increase since last November and Premier Lara Giddings’ stocks have risen slightly.

EMRS Chief Operations Director Samuel Paske said while the polls had steadied, the Greens had been the hardest hit over a 12-month period.

“After removing the undecided vote we have seen the Greens fall seven per cent in the polls over the past year, from 25 per cent to 18 per cent,” said Mr Paske.

“Support for the Liberal Party has also decreased by two per cent since November 2011, but when compared to the February 2011 results, there has been an overall increase of six per cent.

“Support for the Labor Party has increased by four per cent in the last three months but has remained steady since February 2011.”

In the preferred Premier stakes Mr Paske said it was again the Liberals that maintained strong support across the State.

“Will Hodgman continues to have the highest level of support as preferred Premier (44 per cent), however his support has decreased by four per cent when compared to November 2011 results,” he said.

“Support for Premier Lara Giddings is at 24 per cent, an increase of five per cent from November 2011 and the highest recorded for her since February 2011.

“Will Hodgman is the only party leader to have increased in support as preferred Premier in the last 12 months, up to 44 per cent from 38 per cent in February 2011.”

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Nick McKim MP
Greens Leader

The Tasmanian Greens today said that the latest EMRS state voting intentions poll showed support for the party was consistent with the previous two polls.

Greens Leader Nick McKim MP said that after a very slight increase in support for the Greens in the previous poll, the small decrease reported in the latest poll was no cause for concern.

“Greens’ support has remained consistent over the past six months, despite some of the turbulence caused by the savings measures announced in last year’s budget,” Mr McKim said.

“Regardless of what the polls say, the Greens will to continue to work hard to deliver on our policies.”

“It’s interesting to note that the Liberals have suffered a drop in support, despite timing their tobacco-company funded television campaign to coincide with the EMRS poll.”

“Perhaps the Tasmanian public are beginning to grow tired of their negativity.”