A new poll shows Queensland voters think Premier Campbell Newman is arrogant, and he only just beats the opposition leader as preferred premier.
A new poll shows Campbell Newman is barely hanging on as Queensland’s preferred premier, with voters branding him arrogant.
The Galaxy poll, published in The Courier-Mail, shows support for Mr Newman has slipped again and he is now almost neck and neck with Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Of the 800 people polled late last week, 42 per cent said Mr Newman was the preferred premier, to Ms Palaszczuk’s 41 per cent, with 17 per cent uncommitted.
The result is a big improvement for the opposition leader, who managed just 33 per cent support at the last poll three months ago.
The LNP still leads Labor 52 per cent to 48 per cent on a two-party preferred basis, but that is a drop of three percentage points on the last poll.
Primary support for the LNP is also down to 39 per cent, with Labor close behind on 36 per cent.
The Palmer United Party achieved 12 per cent of the primary vote, while the Katter’s Australian Party support has all but disappeared.
Questions were put to voters on what factors in Mr Newman’s performance caused the drop in support for the LNP; 78 per cent said he was arrogant, 66 per cent said he didn’t understand the consequences of his decisions, and 37 per cent said he was not up to the job.
Asked about the LNP plan to sell some state-owned assets if it wins the next election, 75 per cent of voters opposed the move, 18 per cent were in favour, and seven per cent were uncommitted.
The government has said voters have a stark choice: sell assets to pay down the state’s debt or face increased taxes and reduced services.