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Support for Prime Minister Daniel Andrews remains strong, with just over half of Victorians backing his handling of the coronavirus pandemic despite months of strict lockdown restrictions and criticism of the program’s failure quarantine of hotels

In a week that saw daily new cases of COVID-19 drop to single digits after peaking at 725 in August, an Ipsos poll commissioned by The Age and Nine News found that 52% of Victorians surveyed approved of the way M Andrews had played his part, with 33% disapproval

The online poll conducted for three days last week before M’s decision Andrews on Sunday to temporarily delay easing restrictions or Monday’s announcement that they would proceed this week Poll results are devastating for the opposition

Swinging voter Mike Trickett at his home in Geelong M Trickett says he will now vote for the Andrews governmentCredit: Luis Ascui

Only 15% approved of Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien’s performance during the pandemic His approval rating, even among Coalition supporters surveyed, was only 27%

The poll found that opinion was divided on how the state government as a whole had handled the pandemic in Victoria Of the 858 Victorians surveyed, 49% were satisfied and 40% dissatisfied

Labor voters were much more likely to be satisfied with the state government’s response (73% were satisfied, compared to 29% of Coalition voters and 56% of Green voters)

People living in the regions, women and those on JobKeeper or JobSeeker were also more likely to be satisfied, according to poll conducted October 19-21

However, Victorians were much more critical of how state opposition responded to the pandemic Only 16% were satisfied and 44% were dissatisfied Even among Coalition voters only 25% were satisfied and 30% dissatisfied

The personal approval of M Andrews has taken a hammer in recent weeks as the hotel’s quarantine inquiry heard overwhelming evidence and the hotel and retail industry pushed for an earlier reopening

In an opinion poll by Roy Morgan earlier this month, Victorian-era voters gave the prime minister a 59% approval rating, up from 70% in September

Paul Strangio, associate professor of politics at Monash University, said that despite a downward trend in Prime Minister approval, the Ipsos poll showed that Mr. Andrews continued to enjoy substantial support from the Victorian community

Dr Strangio said what was interesting about the poll was the understanding it gave about the effects of increasingly radical state opposition attacks on the government’s handling of the pandemic

« The terrible polls for Michael O’Brien suggest that the Victorian community has reacted very negatively to perceived attempts to politicize the crisis and that Mr. O’Brien might pay the price to appease those in his party who intended to rally for the government in the face of the pandemic, « said Dr Strangio

« As Victoria is about to roll back the restrictions, it will be fascinating to see if the easing of the crisis atmosphere allows the Victorians to be more critical of Mr. Andrews or whether he will be credited with leading the state out of the second wave « 

Mike Trickett, one of the Ipsos survey participants, said he was a dynamic voter who would now vote for Mr. Andrews

M Trickett, a 76-year-old retiree from Herne Hill in Geelong, said the lockdown and measures such as the mandatory wearing of a mask had brought the virus under control, although he said they may have had to be implemented earlier

Virginia Fricker is so appalled by Daniel Andrews’ performance that she plans to vote Green for the first time
Credit: Paul Jeffers

« I think Dan Andrews is doing a very good job under the great pressure of those who want to open the state, » said M Trickett

« I don’t think Michael O’Brien did himself any favors with his harpings and carp in the background and offering absolutely no alternative. That alone put me off, him and his fellow Liberals »

Virginia Fricker, a 67-year-old retiree from Mount Martha, believed Ms. O’Brien was stuck between a rock and a hard place

« He can’t come out and be critical because everyone will accuse him of being an anti-vaxxer and aluminum hat-bearer, but he doesn’t think he can support the Labor government because ‘he is liberal He really can’t say anything « 

Ms. Fricker disapproved of M’s performance Andrews, although she claims to have always voted for the PLA in the lower house in national elections

« I don’t like his strength, » she said « If you want people to follow rules you have to give them rules they understand and think are reasonable »

« What was worse, he was giving up a big stick as the government messed up hotel quarantine and contact tracing »

Ms Fricker said she and her husband are seriously considering whether they could ever vote for Labor again

Majority of those surveyed were happy with Professor Brett Sutton’s performance as Chief Medical Officer of Health, 57% approving and 20% disapproving And most supporting mandatory mask wear, banning travel to regions and a 25 km limit on trips outside the home – all of which were kept as part of Monday’s announcement

Professor Sutton has recently come under scrutiny over when he first learned that private security was keeping hotels in quarantine and why some emails weren’t initially set. the disposition of the hotel quarantine investigation

The poll found that half of Victorians believed the state government hotel quarantine caused the second wave of COVID-19, while 40% accused individuals of not taking the risk seriously and breaking regulations

The hotel investigation learned that genomic sequencing had shown that over 99% of Victoria’s second wave could be linked to returning travelers who were required to remain in hotel quarantine

Ipsos director Jessica Elgood said the division was in line with the party, with the majority of Coalition voters (70%) blaming the hotel quarantine program and the majority of Labor voters (61 %) blaming individuals

The data from the Ipsos survey was weighted to represent the demographic profile of the state The maximum margin of sampling error that could apply was plus or minus 34 percent

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Jewel Topsfield is a senior journalist at The Age She worked in Melbourne, Canberra and Jakarta as a correspondent in Indonesia She won several awards including a Walkley and the Lowy Institute Media Award

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