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Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings has taken a big hit in the latest opinion poll.

Last week, EMRS asked 1,000 Tasmanians how they would vote if an election was held the following day.

Ms Giddings has suffered a five point tumble as the preferred Premier, dropping to 22 per cent since the last poll in February.

The Opposition Leader, Will Hodgman, remains the preferred Premier with his popularity up four points to 42 per cent.

It is the second poll since Lara Giddings took over from David Bartlett as Premier.

The poll result also showed support for Labor has dropped one point to 19 per cent, while the Greens’ fell three to 17 per cent.

The Liberals have gained some ground, jumping two points to double the support shown to Labor.


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What Lara says:

Lara Giddings, MP


Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Poll results no distraction from crucial Budget

The Premier, Lara Giddings, said it was interesting to note in today s EMRS results that undecided voters remained at a relative high of 22 per cent, which is 10 per cent higher than the same time last year.

This shows that many Tasmanians have reserved judgement on all three major parties, a sentiment that was also reflected in the recent Upper House elections, Ms Giddings said.

Tasmanians are looking for leadership and I am determined to get on with the job and be judged on my record.

I am also mindful that we need to do more to actively engage with the community, listen to their concerns and act upon them.

Tasmania is at a critical juncture either we make the hard but crucial decisions now and realise a bright future, or we bury our heads in the sand and return to the bleak past.

Ms Giddings said restoring the state’s finances is essential to help rebuild confidence in the wider economy, which is showing strong signs of an underlying recovery.

We have further evidence from the ABS today which shows that Tasmania’s building approvals are outperforming the nation.

Tasmania recorded a 3.6 per cent increase in residential dwelling approvals, compared to drops of 3.6 per cent in Western Australia, a 1.7 per cent fall in Western Australia and a 1.6 per cent decrease in NSW.

Over the year to April 2011 Tasmania has recorded a 4.8 per cent increase in building approvals compared to a 13.5 per cent decrease nationally.

As such, Ms Giddings said her attention was firmly fixed on delivering a responsible Budget on June 16.

Today s EMRS poll results don t change the Budget task we have before us, Ms Giddings said.

They don t change the fact that unless we act decisively now, Tasmania is in danger of returning to the dark days of the 1990s, with debt spiralling out of control and unemployment reaching double figures.

The last thing Tasmania needs is a Government that allows itself to be distracted by the politics and self-interest of the Liberal Opposition, instead of making decisions that are in the best interest of the state and, particularly, the families and businesses who are doing it tough.

• What Nick says ...

Nick McKim MP
Greens Leader

The Tasmanian Greens today responded to the EMRS poll on state voting intentions for May, saying that the result was not surprising given the difficult budget situation requiring tough decisions to be made.

Greens Leader Nick McKim MP said the Greens will continue to put in the hard yards to deliver progressive policy outcomes, and contribute constructively to a workable and stable government.

“Polls come and go throughout the election cycle, and the Greens believe our responsibility is to continue to work hard on behalf of the community no matter these periodic results,” Mr McKim said.

“Rather than resort to populist positions, the Greens are prepared to meet our responsibility to make the best decision on behalf of the community, and in the light of the upcoming state budget challenges this has required hard decisions to be made, and will potentially require further hard decisions be made in the future.”

“We do not shirk from that responsibility, and will continue to put in the hard yards to deliver workable solutions to the challenges ahead,” Mr McKim said.