Gladys Berejiklian is the preferred premier among Labor voters and NSW Labor’s primary vote has slumped to 28 per cent as the Coalition’s handling of the pandemic wins voters.
As Labor tries to wrest Upper Hunter from the government in a critical byelection on Saturday, the opposition’s statewide primary vote has slipped five points since the 2019 state election.
The latest Resolve Political Monitor shows Ms Berejiklian is the preferred premier among 57 per cent of voters, while 17 per cent prefer Labor leader Jodi McKay.
In what will be seen as a damaging result for Ms McKay’s leadership, Labor and minor party voters are more likely to say Ms Berejiklian is their preferred leader than Ms McKay.
The survey, an initiative from The Sydney Morning Herald with research company Resolve Strategic, shows the Coalition’s primary vote has climbed two points since 2019 to 44 per cent.
The Coalition is popular with older voters and those in metropolitan areas, while the Greens and the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers are more popular than Labor with young people and in regional areas.
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald