A ReachTel poll in the Queensland treasurer’s seat suggests the LNP government could be defeated at the next election.
Queensland’s Liberal National Party (LNP) government could be a one-term wonder, a new poll suggests.
The LNP dominated the 2012 election, picking up 78 seats in the state’s 89-seat parliament. But it has since lost four of those due to defections and a by-election defeat.
A ReachTel poll, conducted in Treasurer Tim Nicholls’ north Brisbane seat of Clayfield on Monday and released on Wednesday, shows a 14 per cent two-party preferred swing against the party.
If the result was replicated state-wide at an election, the LNP would lose the ability to govern alone.
The LNP would lose 39 seats, including Premier Campbell Newman’s Ashgrove seat, however Mr Nicholls would retain his.
The poll puts the LNP’s two-party preferred result in Clayfield at 56 per cent, well down on the 70 per cent achieved at the 2012 election.
The poll, commissioned by the Electrical Trades Union, also showed almost 50 per cent of the 711 voters polled either “opposed” or “strongly opposed” the privatisation or outsourcing of public assets Energex, Powerlink and SunWater.
If privatisation were to occur, about 30 per cent would be more likely to vote for Labor, while another 29 per cent said they would be more inclined to vote for the LNP.
The cost of living worried most voters, with 35 per cent voting it their most important issue, followed by health (22 per cent), local jobs (18 per cent) and education (14 per cent).
The negative poll for the LNP comes after it suffered a 17 per cent swing against it during a by-election at the weekend to replace disgraced former LNP MP Scott Driscoll.