Premier takes a hit in polls
A new poll shows an aggressive campaign of job and spending cuts has hurt Queensland Premier Campbell Newman, but his government would still easily win a state election.
More than a week ago, a Reachtel poll showed 38.2 per cent of respondents thought Mr Newman was doing a good or very good job and 51 per cent believed he was doing a poor or very poor job.
Both numbers were up on last month’s Reachtel poll, which found 36.2 per cent of respondents thought Mr Newman was doing a good or very good job and 47.8 per cent believed he was doing a poor or very poor job.
The results are reflected in a new poll out today.
The poll, published in News Ltd newspapers on Thursday, found 48 per cent of voters were dissatisfied with Mr Newman’s performance as premier in October and December, a 10-point spike from the last poll in July and September.
Satisfaction with Mr Newman’s performance dropped nine percentage points to 38 per cent over the same period.
On a two-party preferred basis, support for the Liberal National Party fell four percentage points to 56 per cent, but is still 10 points higher than Labor, which jumped four points to 44 per cent.
Labor’s primary vote nudged one percentage point higher since the last poll to 31 per cent, while the LNP’s slumped six percentage points to 42 per cent.
The disappointing numbers for the LNP comes after a rocky first year in office for Mr Newman.
The year began on a high, when the LNP was elected in a landslide that reduced Labor to just a handful of seats.
Since then, three MPs have defected, two ministers have been forced to quit, and Mr Newman’s transport chief and arts minister are facing nepotism allegations.
In addition, the LNP’s first budget was driven by fierce cost cutting, with 14,000 public service jobs axed across the state.