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Newspoll: 50-50 in Western Australia

Only the second state opinion poll for Western Australia since the election echoes the recent Senate result in finding both parties sagging heavily in the face of a Greens and Palmer United surge.

The Australian has published a quarterly result of state voting intention in Western Australia, and it reflects recent federal polling from the state in showing a strong move at the expense of the major parties in favour of the Greens and, presumably, Palmer United. With the Greens soaring to 17% and everybody else on 16% (and the absence of a dedicated figure for Palmer United seeming ever more perverse), the weakness of the collective major party vote is such that Labor achieves parity from a seemingly disastrous primary vote of 27%. The combined result for the Liberals and Nationals is 40%, their worst result in Newspoll since Troy Buswell was Opposition Leader. Colin Barnett’s personal ratings have not recovered from the collapse that showed up late last year, his approval steady at 34% and disapproval up two to 56%. Mark McGowan holds a 43-36 as preferred premier, and has an approval rating of 49% with disapproval at 31%. With both of the state’s main newspapers out of the polling game, and Newspoll reporting only sporadically, this is only the second state poll for WA since the March 2013 election. The other one was the Newspoll result for October-December, which had the Liberals and Nationals leading 51-49 and recording 44% on the primary vote, with Labor on 33% and the Greens on 13%. McGowan’s current ratings, strong as they are, are down from what was probably an unsustainable result last time of 51% approval and 22% disapproval.

UPDATE: GhostWhoVotes relates that the Coalition’s 40% consists of 34% for the Liberals and 6% for the Nationals. It’s also worth pointing out that the Greens’ 17% is the highest they have ever recorded in Newspoll.

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swamprat
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Thank you for all responses to my 7 question.

I think, like all old organisations, the ALP has too far replaced its original passion for justice with to much cynical pragmatism.

Instead of the institutional structures serving the original goals they become too often mechanisms for personal careers.

Arrnea Stormbringer
Guest

@ Coast 15

Exactly. That’s the obstacle at the moment between the Greens and potentially getting 20% or more of the WA vote.

None of their state MLCs make any news headlines – if you see a Green in the news here, it’ll be a Federal MP and 90% or more of the time it’ll be Ludlam.

Unfortunately, WA needs Ludlam in the Senate. His abilities would be wasted on state politics.

Bird of paradox
Guest
Apart from the seats they’ve lost to the Nats, Labor have another problem with two of their three remaining non-Perth seats. Albany was won in 2001 by Peter Watson, who is so popular down there he managed to get a swing to him in 2008 despite a redistribution which turned his seat Liberal, and then another swing in 2013 which makes Albany now safer than some seats which were supposed to be safe Labor. If this is his last term (he’s 67 now), Albany will be very hard for Labor to hang on to. Collie-Preston was knife-edge in 2013 –… Read more »
Coast
Guest

Who is the Greens spokesperson for WA matters? Who gets the media attention? Does the media still go to Scott Ludlam for comment, or the WA state Greens leader ( whoever that is…a quick search didn’t turn up a result for me ).

What Green figurehead is drawing attention to the party and building up its support? If it is Ludlam, perhaps he should make an early exit from the senate and run for a lower house seat for the Greens, and head up the party from the outside?

Bird of paradox
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Swamprat at 7: [ Why do the Greens have a high following in the West and the ALP such a low PV? ] Well, the Greens have been around for a lot longer here than the mainland eastern states. There’s been Green MLC’s continuously since 1993, and senators since the late 80’s. (Jo Vallentine was elected in 1984 for the Nuclear Disarmament Party, which eventually mutated into the WA Greens.) Theey’re well past the development stage the SA and Qld parties are in, and there’s enough Freo hippies or anti-logging protesters from down south that they don’t have to deal… Read more »
Disasterboy
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its probably a whole host of percieved broken promises in WA. The coalition sold their great financial management credentials and magic puddingly no increased charges or taxes. They just lost a AAA credit rating. And didn’t manage financial wizrdry. Attempting to gyp small investors in solar panels, looked really bad. the carbon tax has not poisoned everyones lives as promised or destroyed WA. The Greens don’t look suspect anymore and seem like they can in fact be trusted.as a Green member and supporter, all I hear from ALP rank and file, is that they’ve had enough and are just going… Read more »
Kevin Bonham
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William Bowe@11

Kevin, without having looked at the numbers carefully myself, I’m wondering if you’re factoring in Nationals leakage to Labor, which in WA is considerable.

That would explain it. At federal level it’s only worth a fraction of a point because of the relative scarcity of three-cornered contests.

Kevin Bonham
Guest

50:50 seems a bit kind to Labor if the primary vote gap is 13 points, even if the Green vote is 17.

Rebecca
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The whole Bullock incident was just such a fiasco of biblical proportions that I’d imagine that’s most of it. It’s a pretty rare election that your lead senate candidate trashes mainstream party policies, says he doesn’t necessarily vote for the party, causes a popular senator to lose her seat, thus causing her to publicly trash the preselection, and for the union that did the Bullock deal to call for him to resign. I’m a pretty obsessive student of history and I can’t really recall a stuffup of quite that proportion. That, matched with Ludlam’s campaign, which was possibly the best… Read more »
Jackol
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I’m also curious as to what our Western Australian contingent make of this. I imagine Bullock and Ludlam have both contributed to the weak ALP/strong Greens figures. But there have been stories out of WA of factional power plays (basically the MUA appears to be trying to take over the joint), and my impression is this has led to some ugly warfare that has spilled out in public at times. I may have missed the point but the publicized call for Martin Ferguson to be expelled from the party I thought was part of this. And whatever one’s opinion of… Read more »
swamprat
Guest

Why do the Greens have a high following in the West and the ALP such a low PV?

Is it due to Bullock? Or Ludlum?

Kevin Bonham
Guest

Barnett beats his own record for the worst Newspoll netsat recorded by a WA Premier. At least he’s now beating Newman, -22 to -24.

Bird of paradox
Guest
That’s one helluva difference between Labor’s 2pp and primary vote – 23% from Greens and others, compared to 27% for Labor. If that happened, Labor would be very lucky not to lose seats to the Greens or independents. Fremantle’s the obvious one, and a few others could end up as ALP/Grn marginals (Maylands, Willagee, maybe even Kimberley). Carol Adams might go for third time lucky in Kwinana. Meanwhile, the Greens could do well in seats like Nedlands, Alfred Cove and Kalamunda, like Libs for Forests did in 2001. If John Day retires (he’s been in since 1993), Kalamunda could be… Read more »
Jackol
Guest

27% for the ALP is dire – I hope they’re not taking any solace from the headline 2PP tie and look to fixing what is clearly a train wreck, even if the L/NP are also weak.

And how can Newspoll justify not breaking out PUP support separately? I trust this isn’t just Murdoch influence trying to pretend Palmer has no support?

GhostWhoVotes
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The Liberals primary vote is 34 (-2) and the Nationals are 6 (-2).

Utopia
Guest

Ooops….add Swan Hills (+- Balcatta which would be on a knife edge).

Those two would make it 28 ALP to 31 LNP.

Utopia
Guest

LNP still win with an ALP 26 vs LNP 33 result with 50-50 from my back of the napkin estimation on 50:50….

(Belmont, Forrestfield, Joondalup, Morley and Perth falling)

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