Newspoll finds Denis Napthine continuing to record strong personal ratings, but with Labor still at the Coalition’s heels on two-party preferred.
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.