Another state Newspoll for New South Wales, this one for the period September-October (I personally would be more interested to see one from South Australia or Western Australia). In the wake of last month’s Miranda by-election miracle, the result offers a small amount of encouragement for Labor, who up four points on the primary vote to 32% their first rating with a three in front since March-April 2010 with the Coalition down the same amount to 45% and the Greens steady at 10%. The Coalition’s two-party preferred lead narrows from 61-39 to a still-commanding 57-43, which is likewise Labor’s best result since March-April 2010. The trend on the personal ratings is towards indecision: Barry O’Farrell is down one on approval to 45% and six on disapproval to 32%, Robertson is down three to 31% and four to 31%, and O’Farrell’s lead as preferred premier shifts from 52-22 to 50-19. The sample size is 1279, with the usual margin of error of about 3%. Tables courtesy of GhostWhoVotes.
In the wake of its Miranda by-election success, Newspoll gives NSW Labor its best poll rating in three-and-a-half years, for what that is worth.