TASMANIAN voters would prefer majority government instead of a hung parliament - even if it was a Greens government led by Nick McKim, according to an opinion poll.
The exclusive EMRS poll done for The Examiner last week showed Tasmanians rated any of the minority options below a majority government led by one of the three leaders.
That was despite the past four EMRS surveys - including last week's - indicating that the state is destined for minority government.
The poll also showed that Greens voters were more likely to support a minority Liberal government backed by Greens MPs than a Labor minority government.
That seems to defy the traditional flow of Greens preferences. In the past 70 per cent have flowed to Labor.
When asked which party should form a minority government with Greens support, 51 per cent of Greens voters surveyed backed the Liberals, to 43 per cent who backed a Labor minority government.
Failing a majority, almost half of all voters polled backed a Liberal minority government propped up by the Greens.
Both Premier David Bartlett and Liberal leader Will Hodgman last night rule out any deals with the Greens.
Mr Hodgman said the Liberals would not do deals or compromise their policies and Mr Bartlett said he still believed the party that won the most seats on Saturday should govern.
The latest survey findings came as:
A defiant Mr Bartlett said that he was unconcerned about a possible tussle with new Labor candidate Scott Bacon over a single Labor seat in his own electorate of Denison.
Mr Hodgman urged Tasmanians to vote for a Liberal majority on Saturday because voting Greens or Labor would return Labor and Mr Bartlett.
The Examiner EMRS poll showed that 29 per cent of all respondents preferred a majority Liberal Government with Mr Hodgman as premier while 26 per cent wanted a majority David Bartlett-led Labor government.
Another 12 per cent would support a majority Greens government with Nick McKim as Premier. Only 5 per cent of those polled could not say what kind of government they would like.
The survey, conducted over two nights last week, went on to point out that current public opinion polling had Labor and the Liberals winning about nine or 10 seats each at the election with the Greens taking five or six seats with minority government as the likely result.
The most surprising result of the survey came when those polled were asked which minority government they would prefer given no other choice.
Forty-eight per cent of respondents across all electorates bucked tradition to choose a Liberal government supported by the Greens.
This compared to 43 per cent who would prefer a minority Labor government supported by the Greens.
The three leaders will get the chance to quiz each other at The Examiner's State Leaders Debate at Launceston's Tailrace Centre at 6.30pm today.