Victoria Labor has election-winning lead: Poll

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Victoria will elect an Andrews government for the third term by an overwhelming majority, according to a new poll as support for the Liberal Party plummets.

About 42 percent of Victorians said they would give their primary vote to Labor, according to a Resolve Political Monitor poll for The age released on Thursday.

It found Prime Minister Daniel Andrews was comfortably ahead of Liberal leader Matthew Guy as Prime Minister of choice – by 46 percent to 28 percent – just over two months before the vote.

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The Liberal Party’s majority vote has fallen to 28 percent, and support fell far short of the result in the last state election.

Resolve strategic director Jim Read told The age while some voters were dissatisfied with the way the Labor government approached the pandemic and lockdowns, it was a case of “holding on to the devil, you know”.

Health becomes a major concern in the November poll, with both major parties making commitments this week to upgrade the hospital system.

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Labor announced upgrades to hospitals in Northern, Austin and Wonthaggi and plans to hire more paramedics statewide.

It has also pledged $400 million to rebuild Maroondah Hospital and rename it Queen Elizabeth II Hospital.

The renaming sparked opposition, with Marcus Stewart of the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria saying the hospital would make it “culturally unsafe” for Indigenous peoples.

The government has also faced controversy over the Suburban Rail Loop and Airport Rail Link after an audit of the business cases for the projects found that there was insufficient analysis of alternative project options.

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This week, the coalition pledged to expand hospitals in Box Hill and Maroondah if it wins the election. It also promised an additional $125 million for the state’s triple-zero system.

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