With an extremely difficult by-election looming, a Galaxy poll shows a better-than-expected result for Campbell Newman’s Queensland government.
Brisbane’s Sunday Mail today has results on Queensland state voting intention from the same Galaxy poll of 800 respondents that produced yesterday’s federal result, and just as that result was better than might be anticipated for the conservatives, so is this one the Liberal National Party leads 55-45 on two-party preferred, up from 53-47 at the previous such poll, from primary votes of 43% for the LNP (up two), 34% for Labor (down two), 8% for the Greens and 5% for the Palmer United Party. Campbell Newman has also widened his lead as preferred premier from 47-36 to 48-33. UPDATE: Kevin Bonham relates in comments that the poll has Campbell Newman’s approval at 36% (down four) and Annastacia Palaszczuk’s at 33% (down two), though disapproval ratings remain unknown (they were respectively 53% and 35% last time).
The poll follows shortly after the resignation of LNP member Chris Davis from his inner Brisbane seat of Stafford, which will precipitate a by-election on a date yet to be determined. This neatly coincides with a ReachTEL automated phone poll of 687 residents in the electorate conducted on Wednesday, which did not canvass voting intention, but found Davis’s recent dissident activity had made him considerably more popular in the electorate than the Premier. The poll also furnishes rare data on opinion concerning campaign finance laws, finding 60% opposition to the government’s removal of caps on political donations with only 22% in support.