Greens Deputy Leader and Federal Member for Melbourne, Adam Bandt, says a Galaxy poll showing a surge in support for the Greens in Melbourne reflects concern over Labor's refugee policy and cuts to clean energy and universities.
Mr Bandt says the poll shows that even if the Liberals preference Labor he will be able to hold the seat.
The Galaxy poll conducted in the Federal electorate has support for the Greens at 48%, Labor on 29% and Liberals on 21%. The results would produce a two-party preferred outcome of 66% for Mr Bandt or 56% if the Liberals direct preferences to Labor.
68% say they are satisfied with Mr Bandt and 62% say they oppose Labor's new stance on refugees, with only 29% supporting the policy.
The poll shows 56% of Labor voters oppose Mr Rudd's new policy.
“These results support what we've been saying for some time. Even if Labor and Tony Abbott conspire on preferences we can still hold the seat," Mr Bandt said.
“The results of this survey reflect the values of people in Melbourne, who are strongly behind our action on clean energy, refugees and uni cuts. It also reflects the work we have done over three years to involve people in our movement for change through community organising.”
“While others around us in politics have been losing their heads, we've kept ours. I have kept my eyes on the bigger picture, providing stability and offering a thoughtful alternative. I think people appreciate that.”
“These results match what I am hearing from people right across the electorate. People are disappointed and angry about Labor’s hardline policy on refugees.”
“It's one poll and things can change a lot between now and the election. I won’t be taking the support of people in Melbourne for granted. I will be working hard every day until 6 PM on election day to communicate the Greens' plan for the future.”
At the last election, Mr Bandt secured 36% of the vote, Labor 38% and the Liberals 21%.