LNP in slump but leader up
Opposition loses recent gains in poll
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.