Now Western Australia gets the end-of-year quarterly state polling treatment from Newspoll, encompassing the October-December period from a sample of 863, and it finds two-party preferred unchanged on the previous two quarters at 50-50. Both major parties are up on the primary vote, the Coalition by one to 42% and Labor by two to 33%, with the Greens steady on 15% and others down three to 10%, no doubt reflecting the decline of Palmer United. The personal ratings are of interest in finding a strong rebound for Colin Barnett after persistently weak results throughout the current term, with his approval up five to 37% and disapproval down seven to 49%. However, Labor leader Mark McGowan has maintained his strong ratings, with approval up one to 48% and disapproval down two to 27%, and now holds the narrowest of leads as preferred premier at 40-39, down from 41-38 last time.
Colin Barnett’s personal ratings have bounced back after a fallow period in Newspoll, but state voting intention remains deadlocked on a two-party basis.