Backflips by Queensland’s LNP in the past month appear to have won back some voters, with support for the government increasing according to a new poll.
Queensland voters are warming to the Liberal National Party government, but appear to be turning a cold shoulder to mining billionaire Clive Palmer, according to a new poll.
In a ReachTel survey of almost 1900 voters, 41 per cent said they would vote for the LNP if an election was held that day.
That compares to 38.7 per cent who chose the LNP in a similar poll a month ago.
The latest survey, commissioned by The Sunday Mail, also indicated support for the Palmer United Party (PUP) has dropped.
A total of 12.6 per cent of those polled said they would vote for the PUP, compared with 15.4 per cent a month ago.
Support for Labor remained unchanged, with the same proportion – 34.4 per cent – saying they would vote for the opposition.
Asked to choose between the two main parties, 52 per cent said they would vote for the LNP and 48 per cent chose Labor.
In last month’s poll, 51 per cent chose the LNP and 49 per cent said Labor.
Last month, Premier Campbell Newman apologised to voters and announced his government would undo some controversial reforms after the party suffered a savage defeat at the Stafford by-election.
The backflips included no longer forcing jailed bikies to be held in solitary confinement or wear pink uniforms and restoring the bipartisan appointment of the chair of Queensland’s crime and corruption watchdog.
The latest survey suggested both leaders of the main parties were on the nose, with the most common reason given by voters for not supporting the government as the premier’s performance.
Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk’s personal approval rating dropped, with 40.3 per cent rating her performance “poor” or “very poor” compared with 35.9 per cent last month.
Mr Newman said the government would continue to deliver on its promises of creating jobs, re-energising frontline services and sorting out the state’s finances.
“At the end of the day people will make their judgment next year at the election,” he told reporters.
Ms Palaszczuk said unemployment had skyrocketed in spite of the premier’s promises.
“When I’m out and about talking to people I still get the same message … that the government is out of touch and it’s not listening, so lets see what happens,” she told reporters.