The first Queensland state Newspoll conducted entirely since the decline in the government’s fortunes finds Campbell Newman’s net approval rating plunging well into the red.
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GhostWhoVotes reports the October-December Newspoll of state voting intention in Queensland has the Liberal National Party two-party lead down from 60-40 to 56-44 (only the tail end of the July-September polling period captured the decline in the LNP’s fortunes, a point which was noted by Possum, but escaped The Australian). The LNP’s primary vote is down six points to 42%, of which Labor has reaped only a one-point dividend to reach 31%. Katter’s Australian Party is up three on the primary vote to a still unrealistically low 4%, while the Greens are down a point to 8%. The most bruising figures of all are for Campbell Newman, who has slumped nine points on approval to 38% and vaulted 10 points on disapproval to 48%. Annastacia Palaszczuk by contrast has recorded an encouraging gain, up five on approval to 34% and steady on disapproval at 30%. Newman’s lead as preferred premier has shrunk from 55-21 to 45-29.