The long-awaited quarterly Newspoll from Western Australia puts the two parties at level-pegging on two-party preferred, representing no change on the result for April-June, although Labor has gained four points on its previously dismal primary vote to reach 31%. The Liberal and National parties are up a point to 41%, with the Greens down two off a high result last time (no doubt reflecting static from the Senate election) to 15%, and everyone else down three points to 13%. Colin Barnett’s already poor personal ratings have worsened slightly, his approval down two to 32% and disapproval steady at 56%, while Mark McGowan is down two points on both approval and disapproval, to 47% and 29% respectively. McGowan’s lead as preferred premier has narrowed, from 43-36 to 41-38.
The recent Morgan SMS poll encompassing state voting intention across the country provided another rare data point for Western Australia recently, this one showing the Liberals and Nationals with a 52.5-47.5 lead. The primary votes were 42.5% for the Liberals and 3% for the Nationals, 31.5% for Labor, 14% for the Greens and 4.5% for Palmer United. A preferred premier question with no uncommitted option favoured McGowan 59.5-40.5. This poll was conducted from September 26-29 from a sample of 496.