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Dan Andrews' pandemic response is rated the WORST in Australia

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 25/01/2022 Brett Lackey For Daily Mail Australia

The Victorian government has been given the worst rating out of any state for their handling of the Covid crisis.

A new YouGov poll run from December 27 to January 10 found 36 per cent of Victorian respondents believed the Andrews government handled the pandemic poorly.

Less than half of respondents believed the state did well at just 42 per cent - the second-lowest result in Australia.

Western Australia fared the best, with 85 per cent of respondents saying Premier Mark McGowan did a good job.

The Andrews government has been widely criticised throughout 2020 and 2021 over its handling of Covid, which saw the state endure a first and second wave along with the Delta and Omicron waves.

A new survey has revealed 36 per cent of Victorian respondents were unhappy with how the Andrews government handled Covid outbreaks (pictured: Victorian premier Dan Andrews)  © Provided by Daily Mail A new survey has revealed 36 per cent of Victorian respondents were unhappy with how the Andrews government handled Covid outbreaks (pictured: Victorian premier Dan Andrews) 

The city became the most locked down in the world in 2021, spending a phenomenal 262 days under harsh restrictions, which included two and a half months of a 9pm curfew.

Early leaking of the virus from hotel quarantine contributed to the state's disastrous second wave.

An inquiry found widespread confusion over responsibilities between departments and over who had contracted out security to a private firm.


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Then Health Minister Jenny Mikakos subsequently resigned.

Regular protests also rocked the city for months - firstly over lockdown rules, then vaccine mandates, and finally Dan Andrews amendments to the Public Health and Wellbeing Act.

Melbourne earned the title of the world's most locked down city in 2021 spending 262 under harsh restrictions (pictured: Flinders street in November 2020)  © Provided by Daily Mail Melbourne earned the title of the world's most locked down city in 2021 spending 262 under harsh restrictions (pictured: Flinders street in November 2020) 

Associate Professor Rob Manwaring from Flinders University said he believed some of the pushback against the Andrews government was political.

'Basically, a sizeable majority were supportive of the strong lockdown measures,' he told the Herald Sun.

'But in this and the NSW score, you can see a small but vocal minority who really pushed back; there is a partisan effect here, I am willing to bet, of trenchant liberals and anti-Labor sentiments.' 

Across the rest of the country the poll showed 35 per cent of those in NSW were happy with the governments response while 34 per cent were unhappy.

Queenslanders were mostly happy with Annastacia Palaszczuk's response with 60 per cent saying she did a good job, while Tasmania was slightly higher at 65 per cent.

In SA, 48 per cent said Covid was handled well and 21 per cent poorly with a large portion sitting the fence at 29 per cent.

SURVEY ON HOW WELL THE STATE'S HANDLED COVID-19

VERY WELL: NSW 8 per cent, VIC 16, QLD 28, SA 16, WA 61, TAS 25

QUITE WELL: NSW 27, VIC 26, QLD 33, SA 32, WA 24, TAS 40

JUST OK: NSW 28, VIC 21, QLD 20, SA 29, WA 6, TAS 21

QUITE BADLY: NSW 22, VIC 16, QLD 8, SA 13, WA 4, TAS 5

TERRIBLE: NSW 12, VIC 20, QLD 11, SA 8, WA 4, TAS 6

DON'T KNOW: NSW 3, VIC 2, QLD 1, SA 2, WA 1, TAS 2 

Source: YouGov poll of 2297 Australians from December 27 2021 to January 10 2022. 

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