The LNP is once again leading Labor in Queensland, but Premier Campbell Newman is struggling to turn around his own fortunes, a poll shows.
The Liberal National Party has staged a turnaround in Queensland and now has a comfortable lead over Labor, a Newspoll shows.
The poll, published in The Australian, shows the LNP leads Labor 54 per cent to 46 per cent on a two-party preferred basis.
That’s a significant turnaround on the last Newspoll at the end of June, when the LNP trailed Labor 49 to 51.
The LNP’s primary vote is also up seven points to 39 per cent.
But almost all of those gains have come at the expense of Clive Palmer’s party and independents.
Collectively the Palmer United Party and independents have dropped about six percentage points, to a combined total of 18 per cent of the primary vote.
Despite the LNP’s improving fortunes, Premier Campbell Newman is struggling to claw back support for the job he’s doing.
He has adopted a less combative approach in recent months after a public war with the judiciary, and has been sticking to his core message about building a stronger Queensland.
Yet his satisfaction rating has remained relatively stagnant, up just two points to 35 per cent.
Labor Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk has also failed to ignite voter passion. Her satisfaction rate is down one point to 36 per cent.
Mr Newman remains the preferred premier, 41 per cent to Ms Palaszczuk’s 39 per cent.
The poll had a three point margin of error.