Polls: Newspoll breakdowns, seat polls and trust in government

Newspoll finds South Australia joining Western Australia as the state where the Coalition stands to be hardest hit, corroborated to some extent by a variable batch of seat polls.

The Australian today brings us Newspoll’s quarterly breakdowns, which most notably provide state-level federal voting intention results from three months’ combined polling with credible sample sizes. These find Labor with a lead of 54-46 in New South Wales (out from 53-47 in the last quarter of 2021, a swing of around 6%); 58-42 in Victoria (out from 56-44, a swing of around 3%), 53-47 in Western Australia (in from 55-45, a swing of around 8.5%) and 59-41 in South Australia (out from 55-45, a swing of around 8%), but with the Coalition leading 54-46 in Queensland (unchanged, a swing of around 4.5%).

There are also some interesting movements from last quarter to this by age and income. Labor now leads 60-40 among the 35-49s, out from 54-46; is at 50-50 among the 50-64s, after trailing 53-47 last time; and has narrowed the gap among the 65-plus cohort from 60-40 to 58-42. Conversely, the Coalition’s deficit among the 18-34s narrows from 69-31 to 66-34. Labor also now leads among all four income cohorts, including a 55-45 lead among those on $150,000 and above, after trailing 53-47 last time. The poll records no gender gap on two-party preferred, with Labor’s lead among men widening from 52-48 to 55-45 among men and 54-46 to 55-45 among women.

Also out yesterday from the News Corp tabloids were nine federal seat polls from KJC Research, who are something of a mystery outfit except to the extent that they achieved a broadly correct result in a seat poll before the 2020 election in Queensland. The polls were conducted last Thursday and Saturday from samples of 800 apiece – the reporting doesn’t specify, but this could only have been accomplished affordably by means of automated phone polling. A paywalled display of the full results is available here.

The results were a fair bit better overall for the Coalition than the general tenor of polling nationally, with an average swing to Labor of around 2% by my reckoning. By my calculation, the results suggest Labor will gain Reid in New South Wales by 54-46 (a swing of 7%), Swan in Western Australia by 57-43 (a 10% swing) and Boothby in South Australia by 55-45 (a 6% swing), and retain Dunkley in Victoria by 60-40 (a 7% swing) and Gilmore in New South Wales by 53-47 (a 0.5% swing). Conversely, the poll suggests the Liberals will retain Bass in Tasmania by 54-46 (a Liberal swing of 3.5%), the Liberal National Party in Queensland will retain Flynn by 61-39 (a swing of 2.5%) and Longman by 56-44 (a swing of 3%), and – reportedly contrary to both parties’ expectations – the Liberals will retain Chisholm in Victoria by 55-45 (a swing of 4.5%).

Presumably we’ll be hearing quite a bit from KJC Research over the coming months, because it has also conducted a poll of Wentworth for the University of Canberra’s Centre for Change Governance and The Conversation’s Wentworth Project. As reported in The Conversation – which does make clear that this is an automated phone poll, conducted Sunday to Monday from a sample of 1036 – the poll suggests Liberal member Dave Sharma is under serious pressure from independent candidate Allegra Spender, holding a statistically insignificant lead of 51-49 on two-candidate preferred. The primary votes are 42% for Sharma and 27% for Spender, with Labor on 14%, the Greens on 9% and the Liberal Democrats and United Australia Party on 3% apiece.

Also out this week were Roy Morgan results on trust in government, which finds the political right dominating a list of the least trusted Australian political figures (Clive Palmer, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Barnaby Joyce and Pauline Hanson making up the top five) and Gladys Berejiklian the only conservative with a net positive rating, where she stands alongside Penny Wong, Anthony Albanese, Tanya Plibersek, Mark McGowan, Jacqui Lambie and Adam Bandt. A spike in support for the proposition that the government is doing a good job through 2020 and early 2021 continues to evaporate, although it’s not quite back to the levels it was at pre-pandemic. This is based on an SMS survey conducted nearly a month ago from a sample of 1409.

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.

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  1. Kevin Bonham has updated his post on newspoll: https://kevinbonham.blogspot.com/2022/03/old-rope-new-low-in-australians.html

    Or read his twitter thread: https://twitter.com/kevinbonham/status/1506968850079752198

    In other news, in case anyone has missed it:
    Trump aide Manafort removed from plane for revoked passport: https://apnews.com/article/russia-ukraine-middle-east-miami-europe-paul-manafort-de557d1773a150fa975769d7216fa54f?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP&utm_campaign=SocialFlow

    “DNA collection has been going on quietly for years in China, especially in Xinjiang and among men and boys. But I’m still stunned to see this about to be codified into law.”: https://twitter.com/suilee/status/1506417620123209729

  2. Queensland is a shame since it would be a good state for a lot of gains in a good year. I wouldn’t count on it this time. Fingers crossed there’s enough gains elsewhere and no losses that there is a change of government this year. If Labor can gain one seat in Queensland that would be nice.

  3. ltep says:
    Friday, March 25, 2022 at 6:14 am
    Queensland is a shame since it would be a good state for a lot of gains in a good year. I wouldn’t count on it this time. Fingers crossed there’s enough gains elsewhere and no losses that there is a change of government this year. If Labor can gain one seat in Queensland that would be nice.
    The Newspoll numbers suggest there’s enough of a swing elsewhere to more than compensate for any softness in QLD. These data continue the pattern from a few recent polls for Qld. Not sure why folk north of the Tweed (or anyone else for that matter) would be enamoured of Scomo and the LNP.

  4. Older people are (generally speaking) more socially conservative and less prone to being swayed by the latest policy fascinations of the left.

  5. C@tmommasays:
    Friday, March 25, 2022 at 7:06 am
    Mr. Newbie @ #4 Friday, March 25th, 2022 – 3:16 am

    What exactly do the Coalition do for the 65+ cohort that makes them so appealing to that age-group?

    Franking Credits, Negative Gearing, No Tax on their Super…

    And when the Reserve Bank increases interest rates {like they are expected to do shortly after the election] retirees get an income boost via dividends from their Super funds. It comes at the expense of 35-49 year olds cost of living expenses and keeps 20-34 years old out of the housing market but self interest is an alluring motive -your nest egg suddenly becomes fatter.

  6. For the out-of-staters: Do a google news search for Annastacia Palaszczuk if you want an idea of why Labor’s vote has softened over the last month or whatever.

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  8. Is it just me or am I still not sensing voters waiting for Morrison with baseball bats?
    Some are. Some are also waiting for the right wing media pro Morrison avalanche coverage to give them a semi plausible reason to vote for him again.

    Shudder to think what QLDrs have to wade through in their daily propaganda brochure. Just the rabid front page ‘exec summaries’ (headline and pic) will be ramping up about now.

  9. @Cronus – yes, they are. Just less of them in QLD. If QLD was a few points stronger for Labor, I doubt you’d be thinking that.

    This is NOT 2019. I cannot stress this enough. Even if the polling was EXACTLY the same it still wouldn’t be.

    There’s often a state the bucks the trend – in 2007 it was WA. This time may be QLD.

  10. Wow! Scott Morrison is a Coercive Control bully! Look at what he did to Jacquie Lambie:

    The Tasmanian senator claimed Morrison told her she risked jail time if she went public with details of the deal in a “quite threatening” exchange (news.com.au);
    Lambie disclosed the accusations in an interview published hours after the Morrison government announced it would take up New Zealand’s offer to resettle 150 refugees a year;
    She said the Morrison government agreed to get hundreds of asylum seekers off Manus Island in exchange for her support to repeal “medevac” laws in 2019 (The Saturday Paper);
    Lambie said Morrison kept the details, which included a private agreement to accept the New Zealand offer, in a safe in Parliament House

    Every woman in Australia should vote against this guy.

  11. Business as usual for Morrison and Colbeck:

    Aged care workers are questioning why they are yet to receive a $400 bonus promised by the Prime Minister earlier this year…

    However, United Workers Union (UWU) national aged care director Carolyn Smith said many staff had not received the extra cash.

    “The government really gave the impression to workers that come the first of March they would have the money in their hands,” she said.

    “So workers have been feeling really let down.”


  12. The OZ newspoll story has politics journalist Simon Benson concluding that ‘Miracle Victory’ voters have deserted the Coalition.

    Who are those ‘miracle voters’ ? Well Johnny Howard’s “battlers” or “Working families”. That is, from Jan -March the Coalition suffered

    – A seven point fall among 35-49 year olds (29% to 44 % Labor);
    – A twelve point fall in voters with household incomes of $150k + (33% to 36% Labor)
    – A six point drop among 35-49 year olds as preferred PM (39% to 41% Labor);
    – A nine point fall in preferred PM for voters with household incomes of $150k+ (43% to 44%);
    – A fall among voters without a tertiary education or trade qualification (34% to 44% Labor).

    The only demographics in which the Coalition now leads Labor is the over-65 age group and Christian voters. Morrison now trails ­Albanese as preferred PM in all states except Queensland.


    This Newspoll analysis screams “cost of living mate, what are you going to do about that ?”. Whatever it is, it will probably be too little, too late as Scomo is want to do.

  13. The difficulty with predicting a University seat like Chisholm is how many students are in student housing within the seat and are using that as their voting registration address? Probably a lot less than usual on the heels of the pandemic.

    Students aside my recollection is also that prepandemic Chisholm was becoming less demographically favourable to the left each election.

  14. Michelle Grattan divulges some interesting information:

    Flip the coin and assume the Coalition winning with a majority: the Morrison agenda is sketchy, a version of more of the same. Morrison would be unlikely to transform into the ambitious reformer, regardless of the wishes of some in the business community and in the Liberals’ base.

    His approach would likely continue to be a managerial one. As one Liberal man says, “He’s not a policy guy. He’s not a conviction politician. His objective is remaining in power.”


  15. Cronus says:
    Friday, March 25, 2022 at 7:32 am

    We’re just extraordinarily bloody minded up here.
    Having family in Qld, I’m not going near that one!

  16. I mean – Morrison managed to win in 2019 by promising basically nothing and has delivered even less – I don’t see the incentive for that to change should it happen again.

    Regardless of when he leaves office – it’s hard to think of what legacy Morrison will leave – other than $1 trillion in debt.

  17. Given our perception of what’s going on in voterland is largely affected by what we see and hear via the msm and the msm is cheerfully spraying Morrison and his government with gold dust, whether or not the Average Joe is sanding back his best baseball bat is going to be hard to judge.

    Once again, we must rely on the polls, which seem to have passed the tests put to them so far.

  18. The Morrison government are evil, even when they seem to be doing the right thing:

    The Australian government publicly pledged to buy 70,000 tonnes of thermal coal from miner Whitehaven to donate to Ukraine before finalising the cost to the taxpayer – and failed to approach at least one other major coalminer to gauge their interest.

    The prime minister, Scott Morrison, on Sunday announced the federal government was buying coal from Whitehaven to donate to the Ukrainian government, with the assistance of Poland, to help provide energy security to the war-torn nation.

    The announcement was welcomed by Ukraine and trumpeted by the Coalition which publicly thanked Whitehaven, a Liberal donor, for its assistance.

    The government pledged to pay the entire cost of supplying and transporting the coal. The price of coal has surged to unprecedented levels due to Russia’s invasion of its neighbour.

    The federal resources minister, Keith Pitt, said on Wednesday the cost of acquiring the coal and sending it to Ukraine was “still being finalised” three days after the government publicly committed to the purchase.

    Guardian Australia made inquiries with several major coalminers, one of whom confirmed they had not been approached.


    It’s just another way for them to give our money back to their donors.

  19. In a move that threatens to destabilise the ALP, forces aligned with the late Kimberley Kitching are launching legal action challenging the legitimacy of the federal takeover of the Victorian ALP, explains Paul Sakkal.

    In the opinion of MSM just one factional bun fight and court challenge to ALP federal executive will unravel things for Federal ALP and cause their defeat at next election. They think voter support for federal ALP is brittle. Nothing the LNP has done nor any hardships federal LNP caused to people matter.
    They think that people are waiting ALP to make one mistake not to vote for them. No matter how many thousands of mistakes LNP make people vote for them.
    No matter how many factional fights and court challenges LNP have it doesn’t matter.

  20. Just heard Bill Shorten (speaking On Channel 9 , but relayed buy Their ABC) that he doesn’t want an enquiry into KK allegations .

  21. Barnaby Joyce’s friend feasting on pork:

    Building a single fibre connection to a business in Barnaby Joyce’s New England electorate is expected to cost more than $600,000, almost double the original estimate, documents obtained by Guardian Australia reveal.

    In February, Guardian Australia reported that the ASX-listed Costa Group’s tomato plant in Guyra received more than $500,000 under the federal government’s regional connectivity program to switch from satellite NBN to a fibre-to-the-premises connection.

    Joyce wrote a letter in support of the project in 2020, when he was a backbencher. So far it is the only fibre-to-the-premises conversion as part of the $100m grants program.


  22. It’s about the mood.

    Swinging voters who don’t have political views will walk into polling places or mail in their votes and they will be affected by the cost of giving ramping up massively.

    They may not put the blame on the government. They may even be aware of the fact that this is an international phenomenon. But they won’t be happy because their need to meet cost of living pressures has gone up massively.

    There will be many who will decide on the spur of the moment that they will take it out on the government of the day because they are in a foul mood.

  23. Apart from Morrison’s habitual bully boy treatment of yet another woman, the other take out message is the sordid nature of secret horse trading you get with the Indies.

  24. “but with the Coalition leading 54-46 in Queensland (unchanged, a swing of around 4.5%).”…

    I remain unconvinced that Queenslanders are still supporting Scomo and the federal LNP. Yes, Murdoch has the virtual monopoly on newspapers here, but even Queenslanders know when “enough is enough”. But in any event, I thank Newspoll for that result simply because it will keep the ALP working hard in Queensland, in preparation for the vote. I have just donated $50 for a raffle organised by the ALP, prize: a nice painting of the Story Bridge (iconic landmark of Brisbane)…. 🙂 (fingers crossed!)

  25. C@

    I’d be happy for the High Court to overturn the ban.

    We’ve all been investigated/audited. In theory, all the bad apples have been expelled from the Victorian branch.

    Why shouldn’t Victorian branch members get their rights back now?

    Federal preselections are largely done and dusted, but I’d like to be involved in the State ones.

    Even our local branch executive (we have about 15 members…) was appointed by Head Office.

    Of course, if you THINK these decisions are best left to the factional warlords, then that’s understandable.

    Personally, I think some checks and balances would be good.

  26. Regarding “Christian” voters skewing Right, it all depends upon what the term “Christian” means.

    Traditionally, religious Australians identified as “Anglican”/“CoE”, “Catholic”, one or other Protestant denomination. Until recently, those Australians who weren’t particularly religious typically also identified as one or other Christian denomination. Then of course there were Orthodox Christians and followers of non-Christian religions, mostly among post-war migrants and their descendants.

    So who are those people calling themselves “Christians” now, rather than one or other of the traditional denominations. Are these mostly followers of the newer and sadly growing American-style fundamentalism, Scott Morrison style Christians, who follow right-wing authoritarian strands of Christianity? The term “Christianists” might be a better term to distinguish them from the more traditional forms.

  27. “There are also some interesting movements from last quarter to this by age and income. Labor now ….. is at 50-50 among the 50-64s, after trailing 53-47 last time; and has narrowed the gap among the 65-plus cohort from 60-40 to 58-42.”….

    Good news, the generational gap is narrowing…. The oldies are the last bastion for Scomo, losing them will make a difference between a crashing defeat and total Armageddon….

  28. zoomster,
    My short comment suggested none of that. So, who’s got the bee in their bonnet today?

    However, it seems obvious to me that, considering the behaviour of the Victorian branch over the last couple of weeks, not all of the bad apples have been binned yet. Anyway, I’m sure there’ll be plenty of time between the end of the federal election and the Victorian State election for things to return back to a sanitised normal. 🙂

  29. “I mean – Morrison managed to win in 2019 by promising basically nothing and has delivered even less – I don’t see the incentive for that to change should it happen again.”

    My main issue with the Abbott/Turnbull/Morrison governments is that they have had no agenda to speak of, with the possible exception of the horror initial Budget. It has been a wasted almost 9 years.

    I’d rather they implement policy even if it is policy I don’t agree with.

    When they shockingly won in 2019 I thought that this might be it – they’d finally actually do something. Alas, it got even worse. It is a government incapable of making decisions, and incompetent even just doing the bare minimum.

  30. C@

    Not all ‘bad apples’ in any party are there as a result of branch staking. Some ‘bad apples’ get there by their own efforts.

    If the aim is to break down the power of the factions – the source of the ‘bad apples’ in the last couple of weeks – then giving power back to ordinary branch members is the obvious solution.

    At present, the factions have complete control.

  31. Michael West now running an AAP newsfeed.


    I like his quote from Albo on the story on the budget being a pre-election con job:

    “The announcement is the end of itself”, the Labor leader told reporters in Sydney on Thursday.

    I assume that should read: The announcement is the end *in* itself. Although ‘of’ works. Just about anything works with these sheisters.

    And one more. The garbled idiocy takes your breath away:

    However, the prime minister ruled out using a mental health levy to support government funding in the area.

    The Victorian government had announced an almost $4 billion levy for the ongoing funding of mental health.

    “That’s not our practice … that’s not what we do, we just make sure things are funded,” Mr Morrison said.

    Anyway, Michael West is worth a bookmark imo, if not already.


  32. If there’s one thing the Morrison government have been doing, it’s raiding the Treasury for the benefit of their mates and donors (same/same).

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