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Overwhelming Majority Of Victorians Support Daniel Andrews As Premier

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Overwhelming Majority Of Victorians Support Daniel Andrews As Premier

A new opinion poll has been released showing overwhelming support for Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.

The southern state's leader has been through the ringer over the past few months as Victoria grappled with a devastating and deadly second wave of coronavirus infections.

Andrews plunged the state back into one of the harshest lockdowns in the world as hundreds of new cases were recorded every day. He's also been under the spotlight for the way his government handled the bungled hotel quarantine and he has been quizzed about his role in the decision making.

However, it seems like Victorians still back him.

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A YouGov poll shows 65 per cent of people in the state approve of Dan Andrews as Premier, versus 32 per cent who disapprove.

According to the Herald Sun, the poll was conducted in the final weeks of October just as the state's restrictions were beginning to ease and people were finally able to leave their homes.

Mr Andrews' Labor party has also seen a small increase in support, with 44 per cent of people saying they would vote for them, compared to 42.9 per cent at the last election. However, the Coalition's support has rocketed up from 35.2 per cent to 40 per cent.

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The YouGov poll dug a little deeper and found 55 per cent of people said it was completely or mostly fair to hold Mr Andrews responsible for the way the government handled the hotel quarantine issue. Forty per cent of people said it wasn't fair to hold the Premier accountable.

Smack bang on 50 per cent of those quizzed thought Mr Andrews has been completely or mostly honest about the failures of the hotel quarantine.

Victorians' belief in their leader continued with 55 per cent of people completely or mostly confident in the state government's ability to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

While some Victorians languished through the second lockdown, 44 per cent said the state should go back into a similar situation if there was a third wave of coronavirus infections. There were 45 per cent of people who said the state should continue on the road map to reopening.

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Topics: News, Australia

Stewart Perrie
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