Poll results.

The ALP is going the wrong way in Queensland.

Kevin Rudd's return to the Labor leadership has failed to lift the party's fortunes in the crucial state of Queensland, according to exclusive polling that also shows mining magnate Clive Palmer making inroads into the primary vote of the main parties in his home state.

The Age/Nielsen poll shows voters now trust Mr Abbott in greater numbers than Mr Rudd and seven out of 10 think Mr Abbott will be the next prime minister.

The survey of 1014 respondents in Queensland between August 31 and September 1 suggests the ALP is unlikely to pick up the number of seats needed to compensate for big losses expected in other states.

Poll results.

Poll results.

But while Labor's primary vote is languishing at 31 per cent, the Palmer United Party is polling as strongly as the Greens on 8 per cent.

While this means it is almost certain Mr Palmer's party will not win a seat in the House of Representatives it is in with a chance of gaining a spot in the Senate.

Along with Katter's Australian Party on 4 per cent, preferences from the PUP could determine the outcome in some close seats in

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd listened to health workers and patients talk about the State health system at the Bramble Bay Bowls Club north of Brisbane.

The numbers show Labor in a bad way, five days out from the election. Photo: Andrew Meares

Queensland with the poll showing voters intending to support the newcomers, Mr Palmer's party and Mr Katter's party, in this election, opting mostly to direct preferences to the ALP ahead of the Liberal National Party.

Asked how they would allocate second preferences, 86 per cent of Greens voters nominated Labor, with a surprisingly high 62 per cent of PUP backers favouring Labor and even Katter's Australian Party voters mostly leaning towards Labor with 55 per cent.

Primary support for the Coalition in Queensland is also slightly down on 45 per cent - it had been 47.4 per cent at the 2010 election - reflecting that one-quarter of Queenslanders are looking at options other than the major parties at present.

According to preferences as indicated by respondents, Labor trails in Queensland with 47 per cent of the overall vote, to the LNP on 53 per cent.

That is actually a small improvement of 2 per cent since 2010 but is unlikely to be enough in sufficient seats to change the result.

More Queenslanders now disapprove of Mr Rudd's performance (50 per cent) than approve (45 per cent) giving him a net approval rating of minus 5.

Mr Abbott however has crossed over into positive territory with a net approval rating of 1 per cent. His 49 per cent approval result just shaded the 48 per cent who disapprove.

The two leaders are tied on 46 when voters were asked who was the preferred prime minister.

Voter anxiety over the economy continues to provide fertile political ground for the Coalition with 58 per cent of Queenslanders rating the Liberal National Party ahead of Labor on economic prowess.

This is despite a spirited Labor assault on Tony Abbott's ''hidden'' public spending cuts, citing the harsh austerity moves by the Newman LNP state government in Brisbane.