Newspoll will be punctuating the Christmas-New Year polling pause a little over the next fortnight or so with state results, which are aggregated from the polling conducted over two to three months, and the usual quarterly breakdown of federal polling results by state, age and gender. First off the mark is the Queensland state result for October-December, compiled from a sample of 1703, which credits the Labor government with a lead of 52-48, down from 53-47 in the previous quarter. The primary votes are Labor 41% (steady), Liberal National Party 39% (up one) and Greens 8% (down one). Annastacia Palaszczuk’s approval rating is down three to 50%, but the report does not relate her disapproval rating (it was 33% last time). Lawrence Springborg is down two on approval to 32% and up four on disapproval to 47%, and his deficit compared with Palaszczuk as preferred premier is out from 49-28 to 50-27. According to Michael McKenna’s write-up of the results in The Australian, Springborg is “almost certain to face a leadership challenge early next year, with a ginger group within the LNP planning to roll Mr Springborg by March”.
Newspoll’s results for the final quarter of 2015 finds a slight drop in the Labor government’s lead, but also a deterioration in the standing of Lawrence Springborg as Opposition Leader.