Newspoll: 56-44 to LNP in Queensland

The first Queensland state Newspoll conducted entirely since the decline in the government’s fortunes finds Campbell Newman’s net approval rating plunging well into the red.

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GhostWhoVotes reports the October-December Newspoll of state voting intention in Queensland has the Liberal National Party two-party lead down from 60-40 to 56-44 (only the tail end of the July-September polling period captured the decline in the LNP’s fortunes, a point which was noted by Possum, but escaped The Australian). The LNP’s primary vote is down six points to 42%, of which Labor has reaped only a one-point dividend to reach 31%. Katter’s Australian Party is up three on the primary vote to a still unrealistically low 4%, while the Greens are down a point to 8%. The most bruising figures of all are for Campbell Newman, who has slumped nine points on approval to 38% and vaulted 10 points on disapproval to 48%. Annastacia Palaszczuk by contrast has recorded an encouraging gain, up five on approval to 34% and steady on disapproval at 30%. Newman’s lead as preferred premier has shrunk from 55-21 to 45-29.

Author: William Bowe

William Bowe is a Perth-based election analyst and occasional teacher of political science. His blog, The Poll Bludger, has existed in one form or another since 2004, and is one of the most heavily trafficked websites on Australian politics.

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