Newspoll and Taverner

The Coalition has bounced back from a horror result a fortnight ago in today’s Newspoll, taken over the weekend. Their primary vote is up from 39 to 43 per cent with Labor down from 42 to 40, though Labor maintain a 52-48 lead on two-party preferred (down from 54-46). Dennis Shanahan does a much better job than most journalists of talking up the poll’s significance without descending into hyperbole, saying the result "appears to bear out the Prime Minister’s view that the public is ‘fed up’ with the children overboard affair", which is perfectly true as far as it goes. However it is also true that the last poll probably inflated Labor’s lead.

The latest low-sample Taverner poll was published on Sunday, but the only information that may be gleaned from it comes from this article in Sunday’s Sun-Herald. Labor are on 53 per cent two-party preferred, showing no change on the poll from a fortnight ago, while the Greens are on a slightly implausible 11 per cent – also unchanged from last fortnight.

Author: William Bowe

William Bowe is a Perth-based election analyst and occasional teacher of political science. His blog, The Poll Bludger, has existed in one form or another since 2004, and is one of the most heavily trafficked websites on Australian politics.