"I think Queensland has been more of a heartland for One Nation probably more so than any other part of Australia, so it could be that support holds up in Queensland", Prof Bean told AAP.
"The Labor voters that wanted to vote for us they said, 'oh no we want Colin Barnett gone, ' it was all about Colin Barnett, they wanted him gone".
However, there remains significant debate about whether either of the Coalition parties should preference One Nation ahead of Labor or the Greens for example. The WA Electoral Commission has not yet announced the result of any seats, but has Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party reaching or nearing quota in the Agricultural, and Mining and Pastoral regions.
And despite Pauline Hanson putting the boots into their new preference pals the Liberals for their abysmal showing in the WA election, One Nation have only themselves to blame.
According to News Corp, a Labor insider said the research revealed ethnic Liberal suburban voters were making the switch to One Nation.
Rodney Smith, a politics professor at the University of Sydney, said the result showed the limitation of the nationalist rhetoric of populist lawmakers, at least in local elections. Weeks later, Newspoll forecast the party's vote had slumped to 8 per cent, in the wake of Senator Hanson's controversial statements questioning vaccinations and praising Russian president Vladimir Putin.
"It wasn't One Nation".
In a sign Mr Morrison backs Malcolm Turnbull's view that future preference deal should not be ruled out, he said the Liberal Party lost on Saturday because of the flagging state economy and its long time in power.
It was the first such deal between the two parties, with polling showing increasing support for One Nation around the country.
Now when Pauline was first elected in 1996 she was obviously naive, but was harbouring a bad phobia, thinking Australia was being swamped by Asians, and because of the High Court's Mabo decision land owners were going lose their properties to Aboriginal people.
Underscoring the internal dissent, Nationals leader and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce broke ranks and suggested the decision to ditch traditional conservative allies and swap preferences with One Nation had indeed been a factor in the defeat, leaving voters unsure who they were voting for. It's in the Liberal Party's interests to be close to the National Party, and it's in the National Party's interests to be close to the Liberal Party.