The Australian has published Newspoll’s quarterly result of state voting intention in Western Australia, and it gives the Barnett government its worst result since it came to power in September 2008. After three successive polls at 50-50, this one credits Labor with a lead of 52-48, from primary votes of 40% for the Liberals and Nationals (down two), 35% for Labor (up two) and 14% for the Greens (down one).

The Opposition Leader, Mark McGowan, would appear to rate second only to Mike Baird as the nation’s most popular leader, with an approval rating up five to a new peak of of 53% and disapproval up one to 28% (Baird’s ratings in the Newspoll before last week’s election were 57% and 29%). Colin Barnett continues to record mediocre ratings of 38% approval (up one) and 53% disapproval (up four), and McGowan’s 40-39 lead as preferred premier has opened to 44-38.

The poll encompasses a sample of 873 respondents who were surveyed during Newspoll’s regular polling throughout February and March. Hat tip: James J.

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