Mark McGowan is relying on a dramatically revised foreshore plan as a vote winner but his plan has had a lukewarm reception from the public.
Those questioned in Cottesloe yesterday mostly backed the Barnett Government's plans for Elizabeth Quay over Labor's alternative.
Joondanna local Leah Daly said the Government's upscale development was more to her taste.
"Perth needs a bit of a facelift," she said. "It isn't quite at where it could be.
"The traffic isn't a worry. You can always take the train in."
For mums Lisa Strong and Lyn Cassettai, the difference in the designs was the key.
"If they're going to do it, then they need to do it well," Mosman Park resident Ms Strong said.
"Elizabeth Quay's been designed by professionals, our city deserves a stunning waterfront."
Tradesman Dave Ellis said the idea of reversing works already begun would be too costly.
"It's a bit late given that it's under construction," Mr Ellis said. "Moving it will cost more money.
"The traffic is going to be a major issue though. Congestion in Perth is a disgrace."
But Fremantle residents Jean and Anna-Maria, who did not want their surnames published, said Elizabeth Quay was costly and elitist.
"Who's going to benefit? It's not going to be the common man parking his yacht there," Anna- Maria said.
The money would be better spent on health and education, she said.