LNP in slump but leader up

Op­po­si­tion loses re­cent gains in poll

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - STATE POLITICS - STEVEN WARDILL STATE AF­FAIRS EDI­TOR

QUEENS­LAND’S LNP Op­po­si­tion has suf­fered a slump in sup­port, de­spite a grow­ing num­ber of vot­ers back­ing the per­for­mance of leader Deb Freck­ling­ton.

A new YouGov Galaxy poll, con­ducted ex­clu­sively for The Sun­day Mail, has re­vealed the LNP’s hard-fought gains in sup­port have been stripped away in the past three months.

The ma­jor par­ties end 2018 with their voter base all but un­changed from last November’s state elec­tion, which saw La­bor scrape over the line with a twoseat ma­jor­ity.

The results show the twoyear high in LNP sup­port that was recorded in Au­gust has been wiped out, but Ms Freck- ling­ton has chalked up the high­est sat­is­fac­tion for a Queens­land op­po­si­tion leader in three years.

LNP in­sid­ers blame the fail­ure to cut through with Queens­lan­ders on the per­va­sive ca­coph­ony in Can­berra, which cul­mi­nated in the dump­ing of prime min­is­ter Mal­colm Turn­bull in late Au­gust.

The lat­est poll shows La­bor’s pri­mary vote inched for­ward from 35 per cent in Au­gust to 36 per cent, marginally higher than the 35.4 per cent at the elec­tion.

The LNP’s vote has fallen from 37 per cent to 34 per cent.

The Greens and Pauline Han­son’s One Na­tion re­main on 11 per cent and 10 per cent re­spec­tively, mean­ing both con­tinue to be a threat for La­bor and the LNP.

On a two-party pre­ferred ba­sis, La­bor leads the LNP 53 per cent to 47 per cent, based on vot­ing pat­terns at the last elec­tion.

Sat­is­fac­tion with Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk’s per­for­mance re­bounded af­ter a slump in Au­gust, with 46 per cent ap­prov­ing of her ef­forts, com­pared to a dis­sat­is­fied 37 per cent.

Ms Freck­ling­ton’s ef­forts were backed by 35 per cent – an in­crease of 4 per cent and the high­est re­sult for an op­po­si­tion leader since Lawrence Spring­borg in Fe­bru­ary 2016. How­ever, those who were dis­sat­is­fied with her rose from 26 per cent to 29 per cent.

Ms Palaszczuk con­tin­ues to dom­i­nate as pre­ferred premier, al­though her LNP op­po­nent has closed the gap.

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