We have to go back more than 100 years to find the last time that the Labor Party in New South Wales polled less than 30% of the primary vote. In 1904, when the Party was still in its infancy, it managed just 23.3% and since then the share has never fallen below 30%. Until now, it seems.
The Newspoll published in The Australian this morning presents a very grim picture — a primary vote of just 26%. When the two party preferred vote is calculated the figure rises to a still disastrous 41%.
Yet the Liberals can hardly be pleased with their own performance. While the Government clearly is on the nose there is not much enthusiasm for the Opposition with the Liberal primary vote on Newspoll just 39% with the Nationals on 5%. The big gainers have been the Greens and other minor parties.