The procession of state results from Newspoll continues courtesy of The Australian, today being a South Australian poll conducted from October to December from a sample of 849 respondents. In keeping with a national trend of movement towards the conservatives since the demise of Tony Abbott, this result has Labor’s two-party lead down to 54-46 from 51-49 in the previous poll, which was conducted from April to June. The Liberals are up five on the primary vote to 38% with Labor steady on 36%, while the Greens are down a point to 9%. “Others” is down four to 17%, a still substantial result that reflects the local presence of the Nick Xenophon Team. Despite the move from minor to major parties, the personal ratings of both leaders take a solid hit, with Jay Weatherill down eight on approval to 37% and up three on disapproval to 46%, while Steven Marshall is down eleven points to 30% and up five to 44%. However, it should be remembered that the previous poll was conducted by the old Newspoll organisation using a different methodology to Galaxy, which has since taken over the Newspoll brand name. Weatherill’s lead as preferred premier is at 42-27, down from 48-29.
Newspoll records Jay Weatherill’s government retaining a narrow lead, as the personal ratings of both leaders head south.