Newspoll: 54-46 to Liberal-National in WA

The latest quarterly state Newspoll result for Western Australia reflects a national trend in showing Labor diving on the primary vote, down five points to 32 per cent, but recovering some sort of respectability through preferences from the Greens, who despite the Adele Carles imbroglio have surged five points to a record equalling 16 per cent. The Coalition primary vote is down a point to 44 per cent, but their two party lead is up from 53-47 to 54-46. Colin Barnett has further increased his lead over Eric Ripper as preferred premier, from 58-19 to 60-19, and his approval rating is up four points to 55 per cent with disapproval down one to 33 per cent. Ripper is up on both approval (three points to 36 per cent) and disapproval (one point to 44 per cent).

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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.

26 comments on “Newspoll: 54-46 to Liberal-National in WA”

  1. Meh, not surprising considering how little scruitiny the Govt is getting by our insular media.

    Good to see Eric Ripper getting some better numbers though, but the clut of Col is still at large.

  2. What Frank needs to understand is that when his leader’s Preferred Premier rating is only half that of their primary vote, even their base isn’t behind the leader, let alone swinging voters. But go ahead and blame the media, always the easy copout 🙂

  3. bob1234@7

    What Frank needs to understand is that when his leader’s Preferred Premier rating is only half that of their primary vote, even their base isn’t behind the leader, let alone swinging voters. But go ahead and blame the media, always the easy copout

    Boob, you don’t live in WA – my comments about the media coverage are correct.

    Now go and crawl back under that rock you came from.

  4. [Boob, you don’t live in WA – my comments about the media coverage are correct.]

    Apologies, I didn’t realise the media was the cause of Labor’s own base not being behind Ripper.

    Give me a break! Copout and a half 🙂

  5. Frank, you are a first-degree biased di&$head looser. Suck it up sunshine. If you really think the wa media is pro-Barnett you are even more stupid than I thought. Go read The West, The Sunday Times or even watch your left wing state line show. You are full of cr@p you moron.

  6. joe@11

    Frank, you are a first-degree biased di&$head looser. Suck it up sunshine. If you really think the wa media is pro-Barnett you are even more stupid than I thought. Go read The West, The Sunday Times or even watch your left wing state line show. You are full of cr@p you moron.

    And so says Howard Sattler.

    WA Media Leftwing ??

    Pull the other one, it oplays I’mma Loser – Like YOU.

    Enjoy 6PR/

  7. William Bowe@14

    Joe, I wouldn’t normally have let that comment through, but I’m making an exception because it’s your first and the target is Frank.

    William,

    You know full well that Barnett isn’t under the same kind of Scruitiny as Rudd was, or even the previous Labor Govt.

  8. hey frrank – olive branch – i love your commitment to the party – kudos – im just a lost soul looking for whats best – cheers mate

  9. This rejection of major parties I think is a feature of many comments I read in US blogs.

    Even blogs that would usually be heavily Republican are now not bias in any direction, except anti political, anti incumbent. Anybody pushing a Democrat or Republican line is beaten up.

    Wonder if that will migrate here. I think the issue in the USA was they believe there is in the end little difference between the parties.

    Labor should be careful of that, in thinking they need to keep on moving right.

  10. When it comes to State politics I am not sure that it makes a scrap of difference who is in power, and this may eventually be the case for federal politics.

    Bob your side needs to expand its horizons into becoming a major party. Dont know how you would do that. Maybe a high profile leader that would attract many more voters.

    I believe a Turnbull or Rudd might be available.

  11. TP @ 14, 15 sentiment is shared though perhaps in different circles. Joseph Toscano puts it pretty bluntly…( cut & paste from AAWR)

    COY LOVERS

    The Labor and Liberal Party shadow dancing in Tasmania reminds me of two coy lovers who don’t know how to go about consummating their relationship. Deep in their hearts they know they’re made for each other – they both have the same environmental, health, economic and education policies but they’re concerned about what their supporters would think if they threw caution to the wind and got on with it.

    Everybody in Tasmania and Australia knows Liberal/Labor policies are only different in the way they are implemented. Politics have never been the same since the dismissal of the Whitlam government in 1975. The Hawke/Keating transformation of the Labor Party saw the Party turned into a Liberal Party clone. Policy differences are at best superficial, that’s why the Federal Opposition Leader, Taliban Tony Abbott, has to resort to hyperbole and budgie smugglers to differentiate his Party’s policies from the Labor Party.

    The Liberal Party and the Alternative Liberal Party (ALP) in Tasmania could do the country a favour and consummate their relationship. Their marriage is a marriage made in heaven. They could sideline those pesky Greens, get rid of all those old growth forests in Tasmania and help Gunns build that pulp mill they’re having so much trouble raising finance for. People forget that during World War One the Labor Prime Minister, Billy Hughes, forged a coalition between those Labor members who supported conscription and his conservative opponents when he couldn’t get his way in Cabinet.

    It’s time the Liberal/Labor Party threw caution to the wind, consummated their relationship and incorporated all the country’s conservatives in one grand coalition

  12. Within less than a decade there will be a Labor govt in WA at a time when the NSW and Qld ALP will be despairing in opposition. So long as WA Labor keep their at today they will do OK at the next election.

  13. Peter – if I were you I’d look up what obtuse actually means before you use it next time.

    Just to be vaguely relevant – it’s no real surprise that Colin has scored points, he has played into the ‘sticking up for the West against those bureaucrats in Canberra’ theme beautifully, and it’s probably not even a political stunt on his part.

  14. Apparently a ’senior ALP source’ is blaming Kevin Rudd for the state-based ALP’s poor performance in recent polling.

    [“Our brand has suffered enormously from Kevin Rudd’s prime ministership and the fact he could get us down to 26 per cent of the primary vote federally – of course it’s going to have an impact.”

    The source said Mr Rudd’s friendly relationship with Mr Barnett also enabled the premier to exploit that friendship for the government’s own political gain.

    “Colin Barnett took a baseball bat to Kevin Rudd and that helps. We’re in WA; you attack Canberra and it helps your approval rating,” he said. “Rudd destroyed our brand and boosted Colin Barnett all at the same time. “I’m surprised that the Newspoll isn’t worse to be honest.”]

  15. ltep.

    I hear Labor sources are lining up to blame Rudd for in grown toenails. It’s a disgrace I tell yah.

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