Newman to wallop Bligh
THE environment is shaping up as a key battleground in Queensland’s next election as a new poll shows the Liberal National Party’s Campbell Newman is set to wallop Premier Anna Bligh.
The first poll since the Brisbane lord mayor announced his switch to state politics shows Queenslanders would deliver the opposition an extra 33 seats in a landslide victory.
A Sunday Mail Galaxy Poll showed Mr Newman had lifted the Liberal National Party’s two-party preferred vote to 58 per cent, over Labor’s 42 per cent.
Mr Newman, who will be installed as the opposition’s party room leader once his state nomination is validated on April 3, recorded 51 per cent support in the preferred premier stakes compared with Ms Bligh’s 38 per cent.
The poll also shows Mr Newman would win his contested seat of Ashgrove, despite the 7.1 per cent margin held by the incumbent Environment Minister Kate Jones.