Queensland’s premier is on the nose in his own Brisbane seat, with voters not buying Campbell Newman’s pledge to dump unpopular policies.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman’s own constituents are unimpressed with his leadership style and would vote him out if an election were held now.
Labor leads the Liberal National Party 53 per cent to 47 per cent, on a two-party preferred basis, in the premier’s northern Brisbane seat of Ashgrove, a Seven News-ReachTel poll of 800 voters on Tuesday night found.
Mr Newman’s leadership style was seen as the biggest turn-off, with 28 per cent nominating it as their chief concern compared with 16 per cent who cited asset sales.
The government’s dumping of unpopular policies, following a thrashing at Saturday’s by-election in the neighbouring seat of Stafford, has also failed to impress the premier’s electorate, with 58 per cent of those polled saying they wouldn’t change their vote.
A quarter said the policy reversals would make them less likely to vote for Mr Newman.
His LNP government has this week promised to re-instate the requirement for Crime and Corruption Commission heads to have bipartisan support.
It is also undoing changes to parliamentary estimates hearings and will no longer make convicted bikies wear pink overalls.
If the Ashgrove poll results are replicated on election day, Mr Newman could become the first Australian political leader since 1977 to lose his seat despite a government being re-elected.
Ashgrove’s former Labor member Kate Jones was preferred by 47.5 per cent of polled voters, even though she is yet to declare her intention to run again, compared with 39.1 per cent for Mr Newman, 7.5 per cent for the Greens and 2.7 per cent for the Palmer United Party.