Barry O’Farrell a mystery man to many – voters don’t know who is is

Barry O’Farrell a mystery man to many – voters don’t know who is is |

HE has been our Premier for 18 months but almost four in 10 people in NSW don’t know who Barry O’Farrell is – and just 15 per cent think that he is living up to his promise to “Make NSW No.1 again”.

Daily Telegraph-Galaxy poll of 814 NSW voters – the first since the March 2011 state election – also showed a 6 per cent swing against the government, enough for it to lose 12 seats if it occurred on a uniform basis.

The poll also showed one in four people regard Mr O’Farrell as a “do-nothing Premier”.

On a two party-preferred basis, Mr O’Farrell’s Coalition still retains a massive lead – 58 per cent to 42 per cent – but is six points down from the March 2011 election when it won 64.2 per cent to 35.8 per cent.

Labor’s primary vote in the poll is 31 per cent, up from 25.6 per cent at election time, with the Coalition’s down from 51.1 to 47. The Greens were at 11 (up from 10.3) with other/independents at 11 per cent (down two).

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About Darin Sullivan (1980 Articles)
Former President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (2009-2018) and a professional firefighter with more than 30 years experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a former Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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