Victorian election 2014: Voters united in Link support

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Herald Sun: Victorian election 2014: Voters united in Link support. Matt Johnson and James Campbell. 27 November 2014

Victorians overwhelmingly want the East West Link built, whoever wins the state election.

The finding comes from a new Herald Sun/Galaxy poll that also shows Labor still on track to take government, ahead of the Coalition on a two-party-preferred basis by 52 points to 48.

About 60 per cent of people said they wanted the link built regardless of who they planned to vote for. This included 43 per cent of Labor supporters.

The poll also shows Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews has surged in popularity, drawing close to Denis Napthine as preferred premier.

Mr Andrews is preferred by 38 per cent of voters, up eight points in the past week, even though the Coalition has spent millions of dollars in advertising attacking him.

The result comes despite the poll showing 46 per cent of those polled said Labor was too close to the militant construction union the CFMEU.

A look at the Herald Sun/Galaxy poll results.

The Coalition’s vote has not moved from 40 per cent, between the Herald Sun/Galaxy poll done in October, and the recent poll of 1090 voters done on November 25 and 26. At the 2010 election, the Coalition’s primary vote was 44.8 per cent.

Galaxy pollster David Briggs said Labor was holding a comfortable lead.

“On a uniform basis, a swing of 3.6 per cent would result in Labor winning as many as 50 seats, however, local factors and incumbency are likely to reduce this number,” Mr Briggs said.

The poll shows support for the Greens is at 13 per cent, and minor parties or independents have 8 per cent support.

Political guru Glenn Druery told the Herald Sun the Greens’ preference deal with the Palmer United Party had the potential to get more Greens MPs into the Upper House.

Mr Druery said that in some regions if the Coalition vote dropped by 4-8 per cent compared to the last election, minor parties were likely to get elected.

However, if the Coalition vote held up, the Greens were likely to get more candidates up because of their deal with Palmer United Party.

“It’s likely that neither Labor nor the Coalition will control the Upper House on its own,” Mr Druery said.

matthew.johnston@news.com.au

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