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Poll puts Libs ahead in SA

AAP logoAAP 20/09/2016

South Australia's Liberal Party is in the box seat to win the next state election, pulling well ahead of the Labor government in a new opinion poll.

The Advertiser-Galaxy poll of 869 voters puts the Liberals ahead 53 per cent to 47 per cent, on a two-party preferred basis.

That should translate into a victory for the opposition at the next state election in 2018, but nothing can be taken for granted in SA.

At the last election in 2014 the Liberals won 53 per cent of the popular vote but failed to pick up the marginal seats they needed to take government, with Labor returned thanks to the support of key independents.

Another wildcard at the next election will be the impact of the Nick Xenophon Team, after the group led by the popular independent senator won one lower house seat and three Senate spots in this year's federal election.

The NXT will run candidates in 2018 and with primary support in the Galaxy poll running at 22 per cent, their performances could prove decisive.

The Galaxy poll also revealed the popularity of Premier Jay Weatherill has taken a dive with the Labor leader now level with Opposition Leader Steven Marshall in the preferred premier stakes.

Mr Weatherill declined to comment on the poll on ABC radio on Tuesday.

Senator Xenophon said the poll result was encouraging but doubted if his group would have the resources to run in all 47 SA lower house seats.

"We'll give it our best shot. We're in it to win the seats that we'll be contesting," he told radio 5AA.

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