Labor is now the favourite to win the next election in Western Australia, opening up a six-point lead over the Barnett government on two-party preferred terms, the latest Newspoll shows.
For the first time since Colin Barnett came to power in 2008, Labor is in an election-winning position with a primary vote of 42 per cent, up from 33 per cent six months ago, according to the poll published in The Australian.
Previously the ALP’s primary vote had not risen above 35 per cent under Mark McGowan’s leadership.
The poll, conducted over the last three months, shows Labor holds a lead of 53 per cent to 47 per cent over the Barnett government on a two-party preferred basis.
The survey also shows that Mr McGowan remains preferred premier by a margin of 41 per cent to 36 per cent.
The next West Australian election is due in March next year.