The first state Newspoll result for South Australia suggests that the Liberal defeat and its aftermath has taken a heavy toll on its public support, which has benefited Labor only indirectly. The poll has the Liberal primary vote at 36%, compared with 44.8% that failed to win it a majority at the election. Labor’s 34% is also down on its 35.8% at the election, and the Greens are steady on 9%. It follows that a large share of the vote has drifted to others, which has all but doubled from 10.6% to 21% (and which may include a point or two for the Nationals). Labor’s lead of 51-49 compares with a 53.0-47.0 election result in favour of Liberal, keeping in mind that next year’s electoral redistribution is sure to be conducted with a view to reining back Labor. Jay Weatherill has widened his lead over Steven Marshall as preferred premier, up from 43-37 pre-election to 45-30.
No signs of relief amid a tough year for South Australia’s Liberals, with Newspoll finding a slump in support for the party after its failure to take power at the March election.