INTERNAL polling has indicated Mike Baird’s reversal of the greyhound racing ban has failed to win the coalition government back any support in the electorate of Orange heading into next month’s by-election.
However, figures still indicate the National Party, which has held the seat since 1937, will retain the seat despite a swing of up to 18 per cent against them.
In order to win the seat, Labor would need a swing of 21 per cent.
Despite the polls indicating a Nationals triumph, the party has continued to drift with online bookmakers.
Nationals candidate Scott Barrett is now $1.45 to win the seat, easing out from $1.35.
Labor have firmed with bookies, with Sportsbet crunching their price into $4, having been considered a $15 chance just last month.
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party candidate, Phillip Donato, is the next best in the markets at $5, whilst any independent, such as former National Scott Barrett, is $11.
The Daily Telegraph reported Deputy Premier Troy Grant, the leader of the NSW National Party, also has a poor rating in the electorate in the aftermath of the greyhound ban scandal.
It is believed while voters in Orange are happy Baird and Grant had back-flipped on their decision to ban the sport as of July 1, 2017, people still want to send a clear message to the government in regards to the issue.
The Orange polling revelations come as representatives from the sport attended the Australian National Field Days at Orange last week to spread community awareness for the industry, the people and the fight to overturn the ban.
Want to catch up on all the action since the ban was announced July 7? Read our comprehensive timeline of the issue.