The Australian has published the first Newspoll result of New South Wales state voting intention to emerge since the start of the year, in which will hopefully be the first of many state results over the week to come. This one finds the Coalition government retaining a 51-49 lead over the August-September period, compared with 56-44 in November-December last year. On the primary vote, the Coalition is down six points to 42%, Labor is up three to 36% and the Greens are up one to 11%. Mike Baird’s personal standing looks to have crashed over the course of this year, with his approval rating down 22% to 39% and disapproval up 24% to 46%. Luke Foley is little changed at 32% (up one) and 39% (steady), but his deficit as preferred premier has narrowed from 58-15 to 42-24. The sample for the poll was 1487. Hat tip: James J.
Mike Baird’s personal ratings have crashed in the first New South Wales state Newspoll result since the start of the year.