Labor regains ground in latest polling


THE Liberals and Greens have downplayed statistics revealing a surge in support for the Labor Party.

Polling figures released yesterday showed support for Labor among Tasmanian voters had increased by 8 per cent since May.

The ERMS voting intention data showed backing for the Liberals had slipped by 2 per cent over the same time period, while the Greens suffered a 5 per cent slump.

Labor has reached its highest support levels since 2010 and is sitting at 33 per cent.

However, the Liberals are still streaks ahead having been given the nod from 46 per cent of respondents.

The Greens' decrease sees them hold 16 per cent of support.


The poll was taken of 1000 Tasmanians in the days leading up to last Thursday's state budget.

EMRS chief operations director Samuel Paske said while the lift in Labor support came predominantly at the expense of the Greens, the Opposition would be encouraged by consecutive drops in support for the Liberals.

Meanwhile, Premier Will Hodgman easily outstripped Opposition Leader Bryan Green in the question of preferred premier.

Mr Hodgman maintained a healthy buffer of 51 per cent support compared with Mr Green's 25 per cent.

The remaining 23 per cent of respondents could not decide or voted for neither.

Treasurer Peter Gutwein declined to comment on the figures, saying polls came and went but his focus was on the state budget.

Greens leader Kim Booth said survey results were interesting to observe but prone to wild swings.

The Labor Party declined to comment.


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