The mid-week polling drought is coming to an end with a vengeance, The Australian now bringing us a Newspoll survey of 1000 voters in the crucial northern Tasmanian seats of Bass and Braddon. The picture in Bass is as grim for the Liberals as most would expect, with Labor’s Jodie Campbell leading Liberal incumbent Michael Ferguson 57-43 (suggesting a swing of 11 per cent). However, the poll bears out suggestions that the pulp mill announcement has gone down better in the neighbouring seat of Braddon, which has also been the target of the government’s Mersey Hospital intervention. Here the Labor lead is just 51-49, pointing to a swing of 2 per cent. The primary vote figures in Bass are Labor 46 per cent, Liberal 38 per cent and the Greens 13 per cent, well short of the 20 per cent cited in some of the post-pulp mill commentary but still handily up on their 8 per cent from 2004. In Braddon the figures are Liberal 46 per cent, Labor 45 per cent and the Greens 5 per cent.