Dominic Perrottet headed for a massive election defeat in a shocking new poll as young voters deserted him — and it’s not because of his Nazi uniform scandal
- NSW Liberal Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet in poll trouble
- Young voters are turning en masse towards Labour
- Cost of living a big factor, not a Nazi costume scandal
NSW Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet faces an uphill battle to secure a historic fourth term for his government as young voters leave the coalition.
Two months after the state election, a YouGov poll released on Sunday shows the Coalition’s bipartisan preference has collapsed to just 44 per cent, compared to 56 per cent for Labour, led by Chris Minns.
The coalition’s primary vote fell from 41.6 per cent in the 2019 election under former leader Gladys Berejiklian to just 33 per cent, while Labour’s rose from 33 to 39 per cent.
A new poll shows young voters turning to Labor to solve NSW’s cost of living crisis (photo voting in 2019 federal election)
Perhaps the only good news for Mr Perrottet is that voters largely brushed off his recent admission of wearing a Nazi uniform at his 21st birthday party.
When asked whether the scandal would influence them to vote for or against Mr Perrottet, 67 per cent of voters said no, and only 14 per cent said it made the chance much less likely.
Five per cent said they would be more likely to vote for him, according to the poll published in the Sunday Telegraph.
The rising cost of living was the number one thing on voters’ minds: 39 percent said it was the main issue driving their vote, and 65 percent nominated it as one of the top two issues.
NSW Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet’s grip on power looks very shaky heading into state elections
Around 90 per cent of young voters said the issue was their main concern and was also the group that gave Labor the most decisive advantage, with 38 to 14 per cent putting their trust in the opposition over the government.
It was at this point where things got particularly ugly for Mr Perrottet, with young voters giving Labor a distinctive advantage (38 to 14 per cent).
Voters also generally had more confidence in Labor (30 to 25 per cent), which was very bad news for the Coalition, who have traditionally been better economic managers.
The poll also showed increasing support for minor parties with the Greens polling at 11 percent, up from 9.6 percent in 2019, and 17 percent over others, up 15.5 percent.
The cost of living crisis is the issue dominating the minds of young voters, according to a new poll
The polls showed strong support (61 per cent) for the NSW government’s plan to introduce cashless cards to limit the amount people lose on slots, but this was not a high priority in determining the vote.
If the poll’s results were mirrored on Election Day, Labor would have a more comfortable victory than they had in the last federal election.
“It’s not going in the right direction for the coalition given that we’re two months away from the election,” YouGov’s Dr Shaun Ratcliff told the Telegraph.
Labor leader Chris Minns (pictured front) is well placed to triumph in the upcoming state election, according to a new poll
He pointed out that the coalition had been in power for more than a decade and lost the popular leader Ms Berejiklian along with other ministers.
“I think the problem here is that we have a government that is now more than a decade old. So it doesn’t mean it’s impossible for them to win re-election,” he said.
‘It never is. But each time you seek re-election, it’s a little harder than the last.”