Stuck in the middle with you

For the second week in a row, Newspoll has the Coalition and Labor tied on 50 per cent. Those searching for John Howard’s Jakarta dividend will have to look to the preferred prime minister question, on which his lead has widened by five points. They can also argue that Labor’s tax policy launch cancelled out its impact on voting intention. The poll was conducted over the weekend, before last night’s debate. More on polling tomorrow, including some regional surveys the others have missed. And Tasmanian readers are invited to keep an ear out tomorrow morning for one of the Poll Bludger’s occasional appearances on Tim Cox’s program on ABC Radio.

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.