ReachTEL: 54-46 to LNP in Forde

It’s still early days in the life of Peter Beattie’s bid for federal parliament, but a ReachTEL poll suggests he is taking on a considerable challenge in contesting the marginal LNP seat of Forde.

A snap ReachTEL automated phone poll of Forde, conducted immediately after today’s big news, suggests Peter Beattie has his work cut out for him in overcoming the 1.6% Liberal National Party margin in the southern Brisbane fringe seat. The poll has LNP member Bert van Manen leading Beattie by 48.3% to 39.9% on the primary vote, and by 54-46 on two-party preferred. The sample size on the poll is 725.

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.

492 comments on “ReachTEL: 54-46 to LNP in Forde”

  1. Worthless poll. Beattie announces this morning, results by 7pm? Please.

    Peter Beattie will be the next member for the seat of Forde.

  2. cannot stand abbott

    and what did he offer us today 250 dollars a fort

    to employees who employ someone who has been out of work for 6 months

    what an insult says there is more coming
    he came all this way to say that why
    1164 my say
    Posted Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Permalink
    William the day is not over yet

    sorry its =not good enough lurkers come after dinner

    to read and they nothing of the day
    gee
    your mate pvo is quite has he left the country

    so do u place this much importance on this companies polling do u that u have a new page for this one seat

    come on

  3. cannot stand abbott

    and what did he offer us today 250 dollars a fort

    to employees who employ someone who has been out of work for 6 months

    what an insult says there is more coming
    he came all this way to say that why
    1164 my say
    Posted Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 7:37 pm | Permalink
    William the day is not over yet

    sorry its =not good enough lurkers come after dinner

    to read and they nothing of the day
    gee
    your mate pvo is quite has he left the country

    so do u place this much importance on this companies polling do u that u have a new page for this one seat

    come on

  4. yes William as this is the peoples election don’t u think its a good idea to let us have a bit of le way

    why on earth would u have new page for reachtel

    do tell

  5. [Beattie announces this morning, results by 7pm?]

    His press conference was at lunchtime WA time, so 2.30ish in Qld. Not morning.

  6. Good evening people.

    On Beattie: The only thing this shows is how desparate Labor have now becoming. They know they have no chance of winning without picking up seats in Qld, and there is every sign that they are going BACKWARDS with a swing AGAINST them, even with Krudd restored as Labor. There is a swing of 4% + to the LNP in Griffith and a 2% + swing to the LNP in Forde with Beattie. They will be lucky to hold onto Moreton, Rankin and Lilley let alone make any gains. And they will lose seats, lots of them, in the rest of the country. We’re still looking at like a 12% swing in Tasmania.

    On the unemployment rate: There has been no change to the unemployment rate because more people are leaving the prospective workforce. The real unemployment and underemployment rate is closer to 25-30%.

    On Albanezzzzze: A deputy prime minister who sleeps in and misses an appointment is NOT a good look.

    Face it Centre-Left of this country: you’re STUFFED!!!!!

  7. William it hard work helping for an election there is so many tweets and posts on the previous thread

    that people have right to read and what do u do

    how many links do u provide

  8. Possum Comitatus ‏@Pollytics 1m

    ReachTEL pulled a 725 sample poll in Forde in well under 30 minutes. The research world has changed, and people don’t realise it yet

    Sounds like a dodgy poll by Possum.

  9. [ruawake
    Posted Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 7:42 pm | PERMALINK
    Everyones primaries have gone up.]

    Exactly as you would expect with high profile candidates

  10. Just saw an updated Abbott pamphlet advert, this time featuring an Asian woman.

    A response to Hockey’s gaffe about their candidate in Rankin???

  11. The Courier Mail are takin the piss as well. The “poll” had undecided at 43%, the News Ltd turd remover forgot to mention it.

    [The local poll – of just over 200 voters – suggests Mr Brough is heading for an easy victory.

    He claimed 37. 3 per cent of the vote, followed by the ALP candidate Bill Gissane with 13.9 per cent.

    Clive Palmer’s hand-picked candidate for Fisher, Bill Schloch, polled only marginally better than Mr Slipper, with 1.4 per cent.]
    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/special-features/disgraced-former-speaker-peter-slipper-faces-electoral-defeat/story-fnho52jo-1226693766797?from=public_rss

  12. [whats with these Reachtel polls. Tassie disaster now Forde.
    I am slowly starting to become one of the pollster conspiritorial theorists.]

    Simple answer:

    Don’t trust Reachtel’s rushed polling.

  13. [Sounds like a dodgy poll by Possum.]

    I see it as Poss simply pointing out that you no longer need to assemble teams of humans in a call centre to physically ring people in order to poll voters.

  14. Give Bob Ellis the courier mail poll. He has a conversion tool which will have Slipper winning Fisher like he had Thomson leading in Dobell.

  15. [I see it as Poss simply pointing out that you no longer need to assemble teams of humans in a call centre to physically ring people in order to poll voters.]
    725 numbers dialled in under 30 minutes means at best 2.48 seconds per call.

    Does that seem right to you?

  16. zoidlord
    Posted Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    By Reachtel I mean.

    Phew, for a second I thought you’d crossed to the dark side.

  17. “@tom_watson: @latikambourke sorely tempted to come out. It seems Mr Murdoch hasn’t learnt much from the Leveson inquiry.”

  18. [That Beattie would be parachuting was known by 9am]

    Who would have known that? Those who sit by a computer all day surfing the Net? Those who have the radio on all day?

    That is but a small demographic.

  19. [ShowsOn
    Posted Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 7:48 pm | PERMALINK
    I see it as Poss simply pointing out that you no longer need to assemble teams of humans in a call centre to physically ring people in order to poll voters.

    725 numbers dialled in under 30 minutes means at best 2.48 seconds per call.

    Does that seem right to you?]

    I wonder whether they have more than one phone ShowsOn??????

    LOL 🙂

  20. [“@tom_watson: @latikambourke sorely tempted to come out. It seems Mr Murdoch hasn’t learnt much from the Leveson inquiry.”]

    That would be good. He could repeat his observation that the Murdoch family are are a bunch of crims.

  21. I assume reachtel polling in tasmania was not rushed.
    I want to see some more polling in tassie from other companies before I write tassie off.

  22. My gut feeling at this stage:

    – ALP is about 1.5% off the pace, under where it needs to be to win.
    – the electorate is however not settled on a result, as it was 6 weeks ago.
    – The gap can be closed, but it will take clever campaigning
    – The senate is safe, unlikely to change a great deal on current configuration
    – Either Rudd or Abbott can still screw the pooch from here
    – Rudd needs to make up ground: but several big issues favour him (the interest rates cut, economy, NBN)
    – Abbott needs to defend ground: the media and advertising budgets favours him, along with the generalised background theme of ‘ALP instability’
    – Above all, Abbott’s unpopularity is still keeping the ALP in a race they should never have been this competitive in.
    – This weekends polling will be much more telling than what has come before.

  23. [Who would have known that? Those who sit by a computer all day surfing the Net? Those who have the radio on all day?

    That is but a small demographic.]

    On Monday at work only 2 people in my team knew an election had been called, and one of those knew because she’d read my Facebook post.

    Disengaged voters are a strange lot. 🙂

  24. Uno what I love… southerners who think they understand Queensland.

    You don’t.

    Though I’d say the real number is closer to 51% to LNP at this point.

  25. Ruawake: Teflon? More like the texture of off-tofu these days. You dried up the state and left your mess to your deputy Anna Blight, or rather the people of Queensland, to clean up. The people of Forde have learnt!

  26. @Lady Miranda Ann Caulfeild Ackermann-Boltt/46

    Newman still left in the state, he’s been in the job for what? 1-2 years, he hasn’t fixed anything.

    His WA counterpart is also using debt to fix his own problems.

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