05/07/2010 - 08:32

Barnett extends popular vote over Ripper

05/07/2010 - 08:32

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Western Australia's Premier Colin Barnett has retained his popularity, emerging streets ahead of Labor Opposition Leader Eric Ripper as preferred leader, the latest Newspoll shows.

Western Australia's Premier Colin Barnett has retained his popularity, emerging streets ahead of Labor Opposition Leader Eric Ripper as preferred leader, the latest Newspoll shows.

On the question of who would make a better premier, Mr Barnett outshone Mr Ripper 60 per cent to 19 per cent, according to the Newspoll, published in The Australian newspaper on Monday.

The figures, which were taken between April and last month, also reveal Labor has failed to pick up any momentum since the election, with its primary vote collapsing to 32 per cent -- five percentage points lower than the 37 per cent it achieved three months earlier.

Labor's two-party preferred figure trails the government by eight points. The Liberal-Nationals coalition received 54 per cent of the vote while Labor reached 46 per cent.

And in terms of satisfaction with way Mr Barnett was executing his role as premier, 55 per cent of people indicated they were happy, 33 per cent said they were dissatisfied.

Meanwhile the Greens' primary support increased to 16 per cent, the equal highest level recorded for the party in Western Australia.

It is a four-point jump since the election and a five-point rise since the last Newspoll, despite a recent scandal involving Greens MP Adele Carles dumping the party for the cross benches after an extramarital affair with disgraced Liberal treasurer Troy Buswell came to light.

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