The West Australian’s latest Westpoll survey of state voting intention gives the Barnett government its best result yet: a two-party lead up from 56-44 to 57-43 and primary votes of 49 per cent for the Liberals, 4 per cent for the Nationals, 34 per cent for Labor and 7 per cent for the Greens. Colin Barnett’s preferred premier rating is down a point to 56 per cent and Eric Ripper’s is steady on 13 per cent. Saturday’s West carried results from the same survey which suggest the daylight saving proposal will be heavily defeated at the referendum on May 16. The poll showed 57 per cent opposition and 42 per cent support for daylight saving ending in late March, as proposed. Alternative ending dates in late February and late January were also opposed, by 52-46 and 55-43 respectively. Samples for Westpoll surveys are around 400.

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