Polling released by Unions NSW today reveals that Barry O’Farrell’s program of job cuts and attacks on workers compensation is deeply unpopular among NSW voters.

As Barry O’Farrell celebrates the second anniversary of his election, a poll of 1,044 people across NSW finds 52 per cent disagree with the following proposition, while 27 per cent agree:
I approve of the O’Farrell Government’s cuts to workers compensation payments to workers

 

The same survey also found 52 per cent of respondents agree that:
The O’Farrell Government hasn’t done anything to make things better for my family or community

Unions NSW Secretary Mark Lennon launched the polling in Sydney today, accompanied by a group of workers who understand first hand the effect of the O’Farrell Government’s cuts.(See next page for a full breakdown of polling results.)

 

“While the business community is cheering the Government on for cutting workers compensation and privatising ports and ferries, working people are feeling the consequences,” Mr Lennon said.

“The political cycle has not yet caught up with Barry O’Farrell, but this polling shows that the electorate has begun to feel the effect of cuts to jobs, services and rights.

“We’ve also heard it first hand this week. We have travelled across the State and heard countless stories of fire stations shutting down and ambulances failing to turn up on time.

“People in NSW are waking up to the fact that Barry O’Farrell is governing for a narrow constituency of business interests and corporate lobbyists. We’re seeing the same thing with Campbell Newman in Queensland and no doubt that will be repeated at a federal level if Tony Abbott gets the keys to the Lodge.”

 

Polling Data

 Polling was conducted online over three weeks between March 6 and March 24 and included 1,000+ respondents. Question design and analysis are carried out by Essential Research. The margin of error is 2-3 per cent. The data is weighted to match the NSW population distribution by age, gender and region according to Australian Bureau of Statistics data.

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