POLL results released by the Liberal Party yesterday show the party would have received nearly 63 per cent of the vote in the Northern seat of Bass, and a majority statewide, if an election had been called this week.
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The survey, conducted by ReachTel for the state Liberals on Thursday night, asked 230 people in the Northern electorate which political party would receive their first preference vote if an election was held that day.

Of those asked, 17.4 per cent said they would vote Labor, 62.9 per cent said Liberal and 13.6 per cent said the Greens.

The remaining 6.1 per cent would vote for other candidates.

Bass has two members of each major party: Labor’s Michelle O’Byrne and Brian Wightman, and the Liberals’ Peter Gutwein and Michael Ferguson.

Leg 1Greens MHA Kim Booth holds the fifth seat.

In the North-West seat of Braddon, the poll showed 23.2 per cent of the 232 respondents would vote Labor, 56.8 per cent would vote Liberal and 14.6 per cent Greens, with 5.3 per cent voting for other candidates.

The poll also showed an apparent majority vote for the Liberal Party across the state, with 51.5 Leg 2per cent of the 1200 people surveyed.

Denison Liberal MHA Matt Groom said the results showed Tasmanians wanted a majority government.

“It shows that Tasmanians are very unhappy with the direction taken by this government,” he said.

“Only one party can deliver a Leg 3strong majority government, and that is the Liberal Party.”

However, Bass Labor MHA Michelle O’Byrne attacked the poll, saying the government

was more focused on creating jobs and opportunities, and solving the current challenges.

“Still 18 months from an election, the Tasmanian Liberals are spending money on their own polling,” she said.

“Sadly, it just shows they’re obsessed with polls and votes, instead of hard work and constructive policy.

“The Liberals are spending money on polls and wining-and-dining a Queensland Liberal Premier who’s shown he’s all about slashing jobs, breaking promises, and contempt for working people.”

The Liberals hosted a “gala dinner” with Queensland Premier Campbell Newman at Aurora Function Centre at York Park last night.

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