No respite for state Labor in New South Wales so far as Newspoll is concerned, the regular bi-monthly result for July-August being unchanged on May-June at 61-39 to the Coalition. The Coalition is up two points on the primary vote to 49%, with Labor steady on 28% and the Greens down two to 10%. For some reason, both leaders have made solid gains on their approval ratings, Barry O’Farrell’s up five points to 46% and John Robertson’s up six to 34%, while their respective disapproval ratings are up one to 38% and steady on 35%. O’Farrell’s lead as preferred premier has nudged from 51-18 to 52-22. Full tables courtesy of GhostWhoVotes.
In other New South Wales state electoral news, a by-election for the southern Sydney seat of Miranda will be held on October 19, and it offers the increasingly rare treat of being contested by both Labor and Liberal. You can read all about it here.