The latest quarterly Newspoll of state voting intention for Western Australia shows no change on two-party preferred, with the Liberal-National (don’t call us the Coalition) government still holding a commanding 57-43 lead. Both parties are down a point on the primary vote, Labor to 29 per cent and Liberal to 42 per cent with the Nationals steady on 6 per cent. The Greens are up a point to 13 per cent. It’s interesting to compare these results with Newspoll’s quarterly federal result for Western Australia, which I believe covered an identical sample: it had the Coalition ahead 60-40 on two-party with 50 per cent of the primary vote, and Labor’s primary vote at just 24 per cent. Eric Ripper has made an interesting six point gain in the preferred premier race, although he’s still far behind with 22 per cent (up four) to Colin Barnett’s 56 per cent (down two). Counter-intuitively, both leaders’ personal ratings are little changed: Barnett is up a point on approval to 51 per cent and down two on disapproval to 35 per cent, while Ripper is respectively up one to 34 per cent and steady on 43 per cent. Numbers as usual from GhostWhoVotes.
William Bowe is a doctoral candidate with the University of Western Australia’s Discipline of Political Science and International Relations. He has been running the electoral studies blog The Poll Bludger since January 2004, independently until September 2008 and thereafter with Crikey.
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