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Aug 7, 2012

ReachTEL: 51.5-48.5 to Labor in Ashgrove

ReachTEL has deftly targeted Campbell Newman's electorate of Ashgrove with one of its automated phone polls: this one from a substantial sample of 661, with a margin of error of slightl

ReachTEL has deftly targeted Campbell Newman’s electorate of Ashgrove with one of its automated phone polls: this one from a substantial sample of 661, with a margin of error of slightly below 4%. Daniel Hurst of Fairfax reports the poll has Labor 51.5-48.5 ahead if preferences are distributed as per the last election, compared with Newman’s 55.7-44.3 win at the state election. The primary votes are 41.1% for Labor (compared with 36.6% at the election), 42.8% for Campbell Newman (51.8%), 9.7% for the Greens (9.2%) and 4.0% for Katter’s Australian Party (1.7%). (UPDATE: Full results here).


• Newman’s performance received a 47.7% poor or very poor rating against 42.3% for good or very good.

• 45.3% supported “the Newman government pledge to reduce the size of the Queensland public services to help reduce the state’s debt”, against 46.0% opposed.

• 27.9% rated the state government’s financial position strong or very strong, against 34.0% poor or very poor and 38.1% average.

I wouldn’t normally give such a poll its own post at this point of the electoral cycle, but besides the intrinsic interest of the figures, the Newman government and its federal implications seems a worthy topic for a dedicated thread. Labor will clearly seek to make capital out of Newman’s aggressive style during the federal election campaign, and the poll indicates that they will have something to work with – although it should be recalled that Labor went into the 1996 election hoping to win seats off the back of Jeff Kennett’s budget-slashing, for all the good it ended up doing them. I would also caution that the immediate aftermath of the breast screening flare-up was probably an inopportune time for a poll to have been conducted from Newman’s perspective.

ReachTEL’s electorate-level polling has a patchy track record, but it seemed to do well in its very extensive coverage of Ashgrove before the state election. It apparently tracked the internal party polling closely in showing a steady narrowing in Newman’s lead up to the second last week, when Labor clawed its way to a statistic dead heat, followed by a blowout in Newman’s favour in the final week. The latter point may be telling, as it appeared many in Ashgrove fell in behind Newman because it had become incontrovertibly clear the LNP would win the election. The ReachTEL poll could well suggest that a lot of this apparent support remains very soft.

The Ashgrove gamble having served its purpose, I would suggest that Newman now cop a hit to his pride and stake a claim on the first safe LNP seat that becomes available.

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When Kennett came in a building society had gone to the wall and the state bank had been sold to the commonwealth bank to save it.

We may not have been happy but we expected Kennett to do what he did.



I think the LNP has plans (backed by Labor) to change the terms to fixed 4 year ones, like all of the other states.

So there’s a chance that there won’t be another election there until 2016.

It might have its advantages that way. For example, it might prevent Newman from calling a snap early election in, say, 2014 if he feels that period would advantage the LNP and secure another term.



Queensland has three year terms, so 33 months to go…


[Why shouldnt we blame you bonkton if you and the rest of the idiots didnt keep a incompetant government in power for so long then Newman wouldnt have to make the unpopular decisions he is making at the moment.]

He did not show much intelligence by getting Costello involved, that guy was the laziest Treasurer in history, the Treasury did all the work while he swung in a hammock!.

You, Andrew 36 are unaware the State went through TWO cyclones and a huge flood
PLUS the GST which caused great pain to the Qld finances, get a brain!.


Andrew36, I quite agree with 23 that Newman has a long time and lots of opportunity to improve, but given his appalling start there is at least a reason to hope he wont. I don’t think there is much hope the PM will turn it around, but would be nice to be wrong.

As for your 24 you don’t really have an established view that the previous was in anyway incompetent. That was the view in NSW, it was always wrong as the voters of NSW now being to realise but in Qld the lie wasn’t sold so well or wasn’t bought quite so stupidly.

But that small point isn’t your greatest mistake no you have two much greater mistakes. Firstly the very bad, very self destructive, economically stupid decisions Newman is making don’t ‘need to be made’ at all. Secondly even if some changes were needed the solutions of Newman are wrong wrong wrong.

It is quite stupid to do a stupid thing for a good reason, but Newman is doing stupid thing after stupid thing for stupid reasons.

I think Qlders realise this already and they will pay for this unnecessary economic self sabotage for decades and decades, even if they are smart enough to dump Newman at the first opportunity.

Finally as an aside like elsewhere in Australia it is likely much of Qld’s dissatisfaction with Labor was simply Mumble’s ‘its time’ but to the extent there were factors other than ‘its time’ it seems to me likely people considered that the Govt was not doing enough for them public infrastructure wise. To kill the States ability to plan, deliver, maintain and effectively maximise public goods and infrastructure is a massive unnecessary own goal by a Premier destined to make good Old Sir Joh seem like the capable, wise and squeeky clean one of the pair.


I’m really glad that the LNP pays so many staffers to waste their time commenting on the internet. It leaves the real campaigning wide open for everyone else.


Why shouldnt we blame you bonkton if you and the rest of the idiots didnt keep a incompetant government in power for so long then Newman wouldnt have to make the unpopular decisions he is making at the moment.


Apparently 12 months is plenty of time for gillard to turn it around, but newman is gone with 45 months to go, go figure.

Lord Barry Bonkton

NEWLIAR wants to turn QLD into Spain , their plan is to Sack everyone and then drop wages in half (except for LNP Buddies ) for the ones that got their photo taken by the LNP hit squad. From the city to the bush , people have closed their wallets. Even selling winter clothes at Markets for a third of the price , is hard work. They know its cheap , but leave the money in their pockets. The v8’s at Ipswich 300 on the weekend was well down on attendance , even with a FREE DAY on Friday ???

PS , don’t blame me , I DIDN’T VOTE for the LNP and never have.

Roy Orbison

This poll is just on the basis of some unpopular decisions. Wait until the stuff-ups start when there is no one to do the work. Not to mention when the punters start to feel the pain that is attached to these cuts. So far, they are just whingeing about them. Wait until they start to feel them and then get back to us with a new poll. By then, it won’t matter how much News Ltd protect him. He obviously hasn’t learnt the maxim that new governments don’t get voted in, old ones get voted out. And there is also the fact that of Australia’s whining population – they of the humungous sense of entitlement – Queenslanders are top (or bottom if you want to look at it realistically) of the heap.

Hamis Hill

Will the “Staunch” Qld Premier’s public service cuts reduce the protection of vulnerable children? You know such crimes do have motive and opportunity to be considered.
As when Mary MacKillop was excommunicated for herding vulnerable children in to the protection of her schools, depriving certain entrenched perverts from their accustomed prey.
Those dammed to hell proddy’s infesting SA in those times apparently rallied to her defence. Where are they all now?


Interesting it has only taken a few months for the gloss to tarnish on Il Douche.


Beachcomber said [quote]The LNP Government is vindictive, with an arrogant Premier.[/quote] Look what happened to a LNP Councillor that defied his “rule” when Newman was Mayor. Unfortunately, his replacement has continued the harrassment.


The LNP Government is vindictive, with an arrogant Premier. People may forgive arrogance in someone who has served in the position a long time and achieved much. But all Newman has achieved is to alienate everyone that he perceived did not vote for him: writers, indigenous people, women, greenies, gays, lesbians, workers, union members, public servants, the arts community and the elderly. And all that in just 4 months. He will lose Ashgrove so the suggestion he grab the first safe LNP seat that comes up (when he kncks someone off) is his best bet for personal survival. However, at the rate at which he is alienating voters, finding a safe seat may require a move west of the Great Dividing Range.

Stephen Luntz

I’m not sure whether Kennett will prove a good indicator for Newman, but I think you’re looking at the wrong election William (as are the commentators above).

Kennett came in in 1992 and Labor was deeply unpopular in Victoria at both state and federal level. His approach caused a rebound in federal Labor’s polling, which was largely responsible for Labor regaining four seats at the 1993 election. These were very important to Keating holding government.

By the time the 1996 federal election came round federal Labor was so unpopular that state issues were never going to save them, but the swing against Labor in Victoria was much smaller than in other states, which may also have had to do with backlash against Kennett.

If 2013 is like 1996 and Labor gets hammered anything Newman does will simply soften the swing in Queensland, but it is also possible the election will look more like 1993, with an unpopular Labor government taking a hit in states Labor holds, but doing well in states with Coalition governments. Of course, given their smaller margin of seats this time than in 1993 they’d still be in great danger.

Tom the first and best
Tom the first and best

I think that the LNP will loose lots and lots of seats next election. It does depend a bit on whether or not the ALP and KAP can come to a preference deal, If they do, then the LNP will loose lots of regional seats as well as a normalisation in Brisbane.


LNP on the nose with voters in Toowoomba, The Chronicle reckons.

[A staggering 85% of those who voted in the online poll said they would not vote for the LNP if an election was held at the weekend.]


If Newman does end up switching seats, I reckon he might go for neighbouring Moggill.

That’s about as blue-ribbon as state seats in Brisbane come, plus Bruce Flegg seems to have caused some embarrassment so far, giving confidential government information to the LNP administration.


“to waste it so early takes a special kind of stupid”

“He’s on a mission from God”

These two comments go a long way toward summing up the overall Coalition mentality, I think. Government is their natural right & no matter how stupid they are God is on their side.

The idea of Newman scurrying about to find a safer seat is more than a bit funny.

Greensborough Growler
Greensborough Growler


Like Kennett, I doubt Newman will take any notice of criticisms from the media, affected groups or even his own Party.

He’s on a mission from God and short of him casting off his mortal coil unexpectedly, the die is cast for Queenland Government for at least the next three years. Even if there is a massive swing back the LNP are hardly likely to lose power in the forseeable future.

The Queensland people have given him this mandate. I’m sure he’ll do everthing possible to implement his agenda economically, socially and philosphically.