While my attention was diverted by the Northern Territory election, the Sydney Morning Herald published a ReachTEL poll of New South Wales state voting intention on Saturday which showed the two parties tied on two-party preferred, which is the best result Labor have had in many long years, with the exception of a solitary Nielsen outlier from February 2014. After exclusion of the 8.1% undecided, primary votes are Coalition 42.9%, Labor 38.0% and Greens 8.7%. Rather surprisingly, Labor’s Luke Foley recorded a 51.3-48.7 lead over Premier Mike Baird as preferred premier. The poll also found 51% supportive of the government’s decision to ban greyhound racing, with 31.4% opposed; 69.9% supportive of the 1.30am lockout law in Kings Cross and the central business district, with only 15.3% opposed; and 58.8% supporting the expansion of the policy to the rest of the state, with 24.9% opposed. The poll was conducted last Thursday from a sample of 1609.
A new-ish poll records the end of the five-year honeymoon of the Coalition government in New South Wales.