FEDERAL Liberal MPs would have been comfortably returned in the Northern seats of Bass and Lyons if an election was held last week, according to exclusive polling commissioned by The Examiner.
The ReachTEL poll on Thursday night showed 45 per cent of Bass electors would vote for the Liberals, which would see government whip Andrew Nikolic easily secure another term in office.
Labor trailed behind them with 30.6 per cent of votes, with the Greens sitting a distant third on 10.6 per cent.
More than 10 per cent of the 585 residents polled were still undecided, but more than half of those indicated they were leaning towards Labor.
The Liberal Party polled strongly among both women and men, as well as across each of the four age segments surveyed.
The Liberals outstripped their rivals by every measure in Bass, apart from among those aged between 35 and 50, where the vote was evenly split with Labor.
The poll showed the Greens have a huge amount of ground to cover if they are to be in contention, with the party hovering between 10 and 14 per cent across every age demographic.
In the sprawling seat of Lyons, held by Eric Hutchinson, almost 44 per cent of 593 residents polled gave the Liberals their tick of approval.
Meanwhile, first preference votes for Labor and the Greens closely mirrored those in Bass.
Less than 9 per cent of electors said they were undecided, with the Liberals and Labor looking fairly evenly poised to snare their votes come election day.
However, almost a quarter of undecided Lyons voters said they would vote for an independent candidate or ‘‘other’’.
Female voters in Lyons were evenly split between Labor and the Liberals, while male voters overwhelmingly sided with the Liberals.
Similarly, the Liberal Party were favoured among all expect 18 to 34 year olds, almost half of whom backed Labor.
The Greens spiked at almost 19 per cent among those aged between 51 and 65, but did not break 12 per cent in any other category.
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