Today’s Weekend West has a ReachTEL of state voting intention in Western Australia which has Labor with a 51-49 lead, from primary votes of Liberal 38.2%, Nationals 5.4%, Labor 36.5% and Greens 7.7%. This is a substantial improvement for the Liberals on the last such poll in March, which had Labor leading 56-44. Further questions find Mark McGowan favoured over Colin Barnett as preferred premier by 54.1-45.9, and Colin Barnett favoured as Liberal leader by 44.8%, compared with 30.6% for Liza Harvey, 11.3% for Mike Nahan, 7.8% for Joe Francis and 5.5% for Dean Nalder. The automated phone poll was conducted Thursday from a sample of 1724.
UPDATE: The West has rolled out further results from the poll in its Monday and Tuesday editions. The poll found 44.9% in favour of the construction of both stages of the Perth Freight Link road project – to which Colin Barnett has only committed to the first stage, while Dean Nalder is aggrieved that he will not do so for both – versus 31.1% opposed, although I suspect there is too much nuance involved in this issue for the results to be of much use. This has now been followed by a finding that 45.4% support Nationals leader Brendon Grylls’ plan to hike Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton’s mining royalties payments from 25 cents a tonne to $5, with 31.5% opposed.