The Australian reports a quarterly Newspoll result of state voting intention in Queensland, the first published since the second quarter of 2016, and the first to feature One Nation as a response option. One Nation emerges with 15%, which comes at the expense of the Liberal National Party, down six to 34%, and “others”, down eight to 6%, partly because it no longer includes One Nation. Labor is only down one point to 37%, and the Greens are unchanged on 8%. The headline two-party preferred coverts this to 53-47 in favour of Labor, but this is hard to call given the state will be switching from optional to compulsory preferential voting. Nonetheless, the movements on the primary vote can only be good news for Labor, and the One Nation vote as recorded is not so high as to put them in contention for more than a handful of seats. These are better numbers for Labor than last month’s Galaxy poll, but the leadership ratings are similar: Annastacia Palaszczuk has 41% approval and 46% disapproval, respectively down three and up four on the results from last year’s Newspoll, while Tim Nicholls is on 29% approval and 45% disapproval, down two and up nine. Palaszczuk has a 43-33 lead as preferred premier, shifting from 44-31.
The poll accumulates 1335 responses from polling conducted from July to September.