The latest quarterly Newspoll survey of state voting intention in Western Australia provides grim news for the Labor opposition, with the Liberal-National lead on two-party preferred reaching a new high of 57-43. Labor is down two points on the primary vote to 30 per cent, the Liberal are up three to 41 per cent, the Nationals steady on 6 per cent and the Greens are down two to 14 per cent. Opposition Leader Eric Ripper, whose hold on the Labor leadership is thought to be looking tenuous, is down two points on both approval and disapproval, to 34 per cent and 42 per cent, while Colin Barnett is up a point on approval to 55 per cent and down one on disapproval to 32 per cent. Barnett’s lead as preferred premier has widened from 60-19 to 61-17. The survey covers 842 respondents over the past three months, with a margin of error of about 3.5 per cent.

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