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NSW Labor polls at record low

Broadcast: 29/10/2010

Reporter: Matt Wordsworth

The New South Wales Government has now set a record for the lowest level ever recorded by Newspoll
for a Labor government, at just 23 per cent of the primary vote.

Transcript

LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: The New South Wales Government has set a new record, but not one to be
proud of.

Its share of the primary vote has slumped to the lowest level ever recorded by Newspoll for a Labor
government.

With just 23 per cent of people saying they'd vote 1 for Labor, the long-serving Government could
be reduced to a rump at the election, which is due in just 21 weeks.

Matt Wordsworth reports.

MATT WORDSWORTH, REPORTER: Two months ago, Kristina Keneally said if the merry-go-round of scandals
and resignations that have plagued her Government continued it would cost her the election.

Since then one cabinet minster's resigned for using a Government computer to look at pornography,
while a fellow MP appeared before the corruption watchdog.

KRISTINA KENEALLY, NSW PREMIER: The next election will be like climbing Mount Everest. But every
election is winnable and every election is loseable.

MATT WORDSWORTH: The latest Newspoll shows how big that mountain is. Labor's primary vote is down
two percentage points to 23 per cent.

Only the corruption-tainted Queensland National Party government of the late 1980s has recorded a
lower figure.

KRISTINA KENEALLY: I don't need a poll to tell me what I already know, which is I have a tough job.
Indeed probably the toughest job in Australian politics.

MATT WORDSWORTH: The New South Wales Coalition, by comparison, is riding high at 46 per cent.

The Greens have also reached a high of 17 per cent and are eyeing off Lower House seats.

DAVID SHOEBRIDGE, NSW GREENS MP: We believe we've got strong prospects in Balmain and Marrickville
but both of those are still very hard contests for us.

But there are a range of other seats. On these figures, there are a range of other seats where
we're contestable.

MATT WORDSWORTH: On a two-party preferred basis the Coalition leads by a whopping 63 to 37 and for
the first Barry O'Farrell has taken a lead over Kristina Keneally in the preferred premier stakes.

There were no signs of a celebration at a shadow cabinet meeting with the Opposition Leader
downplaying his massive lead.

BARRY O'FARRELL, NSW OPPOSITION LEADER: My determination to keep my head down, the other side up
and working hard to deliver the change people want is what's important.

MATT WORDSWORTH: If the figures are repeated on election day in March, Labor would be left with
just 17 seats.

Matt Wordsworth, Lateline.