A new Galaxy poll shows support for Queensland’s LNP government is plunging, along with public support for the job Campbell Newman is doing as premier.
The Queensland government’s popularity is nosediving, with 30 seats, including the premier’s, at risk, a new Galaxy poll suggests.
The poll, conducted for The Courier-Mail, shows most Queenslanders believe the premier has done a poor job introducing his tough new anti-bikie laws.
And public opinion is divided on whether the laws were needed in the first place.
The poll of 800 voters, conducted late last week, show the Liberal National Party’s primary support had dropped to 41 per cent.
That’s down four points since November, and nine points since the 2012 election.
On a two-party-preferred basis, the LNP now leads Labor by just six points, 53 per cent to 47 per cent.
That’s well down on the 62.8 per cent to 37.2 per cent result two years ago.
The plunge in support would cost the LNP 30 seats, including the premier’s in Ashgrove, if the result is mirrored at the next election.
Even so, such a result wouldn’t necessarily cost the LNP power, but it could threaten its ability to govern in its own right.
The premier’s satisfaction rating is also on the slide.
It’s down three points since November, with only 40 per cent of respondents satisfied with the way he’s doing his job.
But he still leads Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk as preferred premier, 47 per cent to 36 per cent, after her own satisfaction rating slipped two points to 35 per cent.
The poll also shows support for the government’s new anti-bikie laws is finely balanced, with 48 per cent in favour, and 45 per cent opposed.
And 56 per cent of respondents believe the the government has done a poor job of introducing the laws and explaining why they are needed.
Transport Minister Scott Emerson has told the ABC the bikie laws are not to blame for the slide in LNP support.
He says the government had to give crime fighting authorities the tools they needed to crack down on gangs.
“There’s only one poll that counts and that’s on election day … more than 12 months away,” he said.