Crunching the numbers: Is the Freedom Party right about 0.005% of Victorians supporting Dan Andrews?
Aidan McLindon is aiming to defeat Andrews in the Premier's seat of Mulgrave.
"Daniel received approximately 20,000 votes in 2018," McLindon said - which is true, he had 19,649 first preferences votes which went up to 21,708 when looked at on a two-party-preferred basis.
"There are currently 4.2 million voters in Victoria," he went onto say - also about right, given the VEC says there are 4,375,992 people on the roll in Victoria as of October 1.
But what we're looking at is the conclusion that "0.005% of the population (support)" Andrews.
To start off with, Victoria is not a presidential system.
Only those (about 40,000 people total) who live in the Mulgrave electorate can vote for Andrews. When you look at that alone, 56.73% of people gave him their first preference & a total of 62.71% supported on a two-party-preferred basis.
And while every other seat had a different candidate, the fact is that Labor - obviously led by Andrews - had 42.86% of statewide first preferences and 57.30% on a two-party-preferred basis in 2018.
While polls aren't reliable (nor are we taking them as fact here) we do know that a Newspoll done around a month before the election showed 45% thought Andrews was a better Premier than Matthew Guy, who was listed at 29%.
So to claim that just "0.005% of the population" support Daniel Andrews (or thereabouts) leaves out important context about Victoria's voting system, which is not a presidential system where the premier would be elected.
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