Newspoll: 53-47 to Labor

Malcolm Turnbull’s personal rating takes a tumble, but otherwise little change in the latest Newspoll.

The latest Newspoll has Labor’s two-party lead unchanged on last fortnight at 53-47, from primary votes of Coalition 37% (up one), Labor 38% (up one), Greens 9% (down one) and One Nation 7% (down one). Despite the stability on voting intention, Malcolm Turnbull’s lead on preferred prime minister has been slashed from 40-33 to 37-35. The Australian’s report relates that Turnbull is down two points on approval to 32%, and Shorten is down one to 33%, but the only hint we get about disapproval is that Turnbull’s result is worse than Shorten’s. More on that shortly. (UPDATE: Turnbull’s disapproval is up three to 57%, Shorten’s is up two to 56%). The poll was conducted Thursday to Sunday from a sample of 1657.

Author: William Bowe

William Bowe is a Perth-based election analyst and occasional teacher of political science. His blog, The Poll Bludger, has existed in one form or another since 2004, and is one of the most heavily trafficked websites on Australian politics.

2,078 comments on “Newspoll: 53-47 to Labor”

  1. rossmcg @ #2045 Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 – 7:12 pm

    Barney

    I said any team. Ban de Kock too.

    why it should be acceptable to make remarks on the cricket field that would earn you a smack in the mouth down the pub on a Friday night is beyond me.

    What’s said on the field stays on the field? Spare me.

    Racist remarks are not tolerated why should sexist comments be allowed.

    I remember many years ago reading AFL great Tim Watson writing about sledging in football. He told some funny, and unfunny stories about various players about what they had said to try and unsettle opponents or win a favour from an umpire, or berate them.

    He finished by saying there was one opponent he had never heard say a word, to a rival player or an umpire.

    The player was Leigh Matthews, widely regarded as one of the best there has been.

    I think we’re saying pretty similar things. 🙂

  2. Axios
    9 mins ·
    Trump would be willing to entertain calling Cohn back for a big job (White House chief of staff?), and Cohn would consider it, West Wing sources said.

    I thought he was going back to New York to do New York things, just like New York people are wont to do?

  3. “Correction to my summary above, the VIC L/NP primary is 39, not 42”
    That makes more sense, I can’t imagining the Lib-Nats getting over 40% in Vic.

  4. LU not logged in @ #2060 Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 – 7:31 pm

    I found sledging my team mates was always most effective at distracting the batsman.

    I think you’re close to the mark.

    I found sledging to be most effective when it was done as a loud conversation with your teammates.

    Your not asking the batsman to get involved as this is a conversation about him and not to him.

    If the batsman chose to get involved you knew you were a chance as he had lost focus and you had got to him. 🙂

  5. BUPA is the leader in bringing US style health cover here. Pay your premiums but we (a big player in the health field) will have to approve any treatment the private hospital thinks is appropriate for you. They will have their medical team look at options and costs and decide what they think should happen. Not your doctor who might have been looking after you for years and is at your bedside. This is a race to the bottom.
    Everyone should ditch this lot.

  6. BiGD,

    I just really liked that I could get away with slagging off my boss in front of his quaint village mates 🙂

    …said boss did end up as the UK Govt’s Chief Scientific Advisor for National Security, so obviously none of the rumours I tried to start about him took hold.

  7. LU not logged in @ #2065 Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 – 7:53 pm

    BiGD,

    I just really liked that I could get away with slagging off my boss in front of his quaint village mates 🙂

    …said boss did end up as the UK Govt’s Chief Scientific Advisor for National Security, so obviously none of the rumours I tried to start about him took hold.

    Ah, the village green!

    What a beautiful way to spend a cold English Saturday afternoon. 🙂

  8. BiGD,

    Yep.

    I played a lot of cricket in the rain.

    Got mocked for compulsively applying sunscreen.

    But the chat was good, the teas had scotch eggs and battenberg, and the beer afterwards was always flat and warm!

  9. LU not logged in @ #2067 Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 – 8:20 pm

    BiGD,

    Yep.

    I played a lot of cricket in the rain.

    Got mocked for compulsively applying sunscreen.

    But the chat was good, the teas had scotch eggs and battenberg, and the beer afterwards was always flat and warm!

    My first ever game was in the rain.

    If it had been like that in Oz we would have been lucky to complete more than five overs.

    I played my last season in England in full length thermals top and bottom.

    I would be layering up in the change room normally accompanied by the rest of the team’s complaints of how hot it was.

    We did however get a couple of scorches where I had to remove my jumper. 🙂

  10. Well we had one day free of BeetRooter allegations. It would appear the man is a serial sexist pest.

    ‘New documents obtained by Fairfax Media show former WA Nationals leader Terry Redman delivered the warning days before a formal complaint against Mr Joyce was actually lodged, forcing the former deputy prime minister’s resignation from cabinet.
    ……..

    In one part of the report, Mr Haywood recounts how Mr Redman told him by phone on Saturday, February 17 that a flood of claims were expected to be made by a group of regional women against the embattled federal leader.
    “Terry told me there would be an avalanche of allegations made from this group against Barnaby and that there were as many as 10 complaints which ranged from inappropriate behaviour to more serious allegations,” Mr Haywood wrote.‘

    https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/nationals-were-warned-of-an-impending-avalanche-of-allegations-against-barnaby-joyce-secret-review-20180307-p4z3a7.html

  11. So it is becoming clearer where Barnyard’s Canberra nickname ‘The Red Octopus’ came from.

    Like Rolf Harris, another pest to pick up the ‘Octopus’ tag, he apparently can’t keep his hands to himself.

  12. Puff, The Magic Dragon says:
    Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 9:37 pm
    Who has been simmering frogs? Is someone making Toad in the Hole?

    _____

    (P1) Don tried, but the frogs kept jumping out.

    ________

    Puff, The Magic Dragon says:
    Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 9:40 pm
    No lid?

    Thanks P1 and Puff, you just made my day!

  13. rossmcg says:
    Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 9:47 pm
    Don

    It is well know that Cash’s father George was a long serving Liberal MP in WA.

    he was first elected to the lower house then after a redistribution he moved to the Legislative Council where he was a frontbencher in opposition, then a Minister for Mines and and Lands in Richard Court’s Government and president of the Legislative Council.

    It says something that my memory of him is hazy, but I have a recollection of him as sharply dressed and well spoken and not in the least like his daughter.

    Of his wife, and Michaelias’s mother, a search reveals no more than her name and the fact that they divorced.

    It has been mentioned that Cash spent time working for Ross Lightfoot, a WA MP and later Senator and one-time partner of Julie Bishop. Now there was a loose cannon.

    I think bitches are made, not born, as a rule. No doubt there are exceptions, but good training in the art is essential, I suspect.

  14. Try again, to get out of moderation (or, rather, in the interests of moderation!)

    BigD:

    Line drawn in sledging battle
    Australia have long had a reputation for attempting to unsettle opposition players with words as well as actions, but Paine says there was a line the team would not cross.

    “Our stuff is the way we’ve always played our cricket,” he said. “Certainly it’s hard, and we like to make them feel uncomfortable out there.

    “But we don’t cross the line and bring people’s wives and family into the cricket game. And we’ll continue to do that for as long as we play.”

    I call BS on that. Wives and family get the full sledge. Here are the top two in a ‘best of’ list:

    1.

    One of the most famous sledging incidents is by far one of the best.

    Rod Marsh : “So how’s your wife & my kids?”

    Ian Botham : “The wife is fine but the kids are retarded”

    2.

    Glen McGrath (Australia) and Eddo Brandes (Zimbabwe)

    One of the all time great bowlers, Glen McGrath was getting frustrated at being unable to dismiss little known Zimbabwean cricketer Eddo Brandes.

    McGrath: “Why are you so fat?”

    Brandes “Because every time I f*** your wife, she gives me a biscuit.”

  15. From Wikipedia, in the interests of balance in the assessment of BUPA. I don’t know if the UK rules about non-profit apply in Oz.

    Bupa (originally the British United Provident Association) was established in 1947 when seventeen British provident associations joined together to provide healthcare for the general public. The firm is a private company limited by guarantee; it has no shareholders, and any profits (after tax) are reinvested in the business. The service offered by Bupa began as private medical insurance, offering policies to individuals, companies and other organisations, and eventually expanded to include privately-run Bupa hospitals.

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