New polling shows support for the Tasmanian Liberal government remains firm, while Peter Gutwein still holds a significant lead over Opposition Leader Rebecca White in the preferred premier ratings.
That's despite the fact that the government was beset by a crisis in the State Service since the last EMRS poll was published, whereby a slew of public servants were stood down in the wake of historical child sexual abuse allegations.
Mr Gutwein announced a commission of inquiry into the management of child sex abuse allegations in government agencies in November last year.
Excluding undecided voters, the Liberal government maintains a strong lead on the Labor Opposition, at 52 per cent, according to EMRS' latest state voting intentions poll of 1000 Tasmanians, conducted between February 15-23.
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Labor, meanwhile, has gained only modest ground on the Liberals, with their support increasing two points on the November poll to 27 per cent.
EMRS research manager Paul Jamrozik said the results reflected an "ongoing endorsement" of the government's handling of the COVID-19 crisis.
Support for Mr Gutwein in the preferred premier ratings was at 61 per cent, while support for Ms White was at 26 per cent - the exact same results recorded in the previous period.
"Premier Gutwein has maintained his clear 35 point lead as preferred premier over the Opposition Leader, lending further evidence of the high level of personal support he is continuing to receive from voters," Mr Jamrozik said.
"In all likelihood, developments in the months ahead related to COVID-19, such as the rollout of the vaccination program and further decisions on social restriction levels and border controls, will remain key aspects that voters will be weighing up in their assessment of the government's performance, and which we will again be likely to see reflected in EMRS' upcoming polling results."
The Greens received a very minor 1 per cent uptick in support, now sitting at 14 per cent, while support for an independent or other minor party fell four points, from 11 per cent to 7 per cent.
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