One Na­tion soars above 20% in lat­est poll

South Burnett Times - - NEWS -

PAULINE Han­son is on the fast track to be­come Queens­land's un­of­fi­cial pre­ferred pre­mier with sup­port for One Na­tion surg­ing past the party's his­toric re­sult at the 1998 elec­tion.

A new Gal­axy Poll, con­ducted ex­clu­sively for The Courier- Mail, has re­vealed Pre­mier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk's pop­u­lar­ity has nose- dived while both La­bor and the LNP have haem­or­rhaged sup­port.

De­spite a string of can­di­date dis- en­dorse­ments, a pol­icy void and pub­lic in­fight­ing, One Na­tion could clinch more than 20 seats at the next Queens­land elec­tion, which is ex­pected late this year.

The hard- Right party, whose re­nais­sance has drawn com­par­isons with the rise of US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, ap­pears cer­tain to hold the bal­ance of power in the new 93- seat Queens­land par­lia­ment with the mus­cle to dic­tate terms.

The new poll, taken this week, shows One Na­tion's sup­port has leapt from 16 per cent to 23 per cent over the past three months as the Queens­land Sen­a­tor reg­u­larly toured the re­gions and poached Bud­erim MP Steve Dick­son from the LNP, who be­came the state leader.

The re­sult sur­passes the 22.6 per cent of the vote One Na­tion achieved in 1998 when it snared 11 seats and fin­ished sec­ond in 23 other elec­torates.

One Na­tion is run­ning 31 can­di­dates at the next state elec­tion, which is due by early 2018, though could be called at any time.

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