Early polls back 'best of worst'

WHEN Queenslanders go to the polls on March 24 this year, it may be a case of voting for the "best of worst" option to lead the State.

That was according to a poll released earlier this month, which shows support has fallen for both Premier Anna Bligh and LNP leader Campbell Newman.

Sponsored by the Local Government Association of Queensland, the poll showed primary support has fallen for both the major parties.

The poll reveals this may have occurred due to a lack of confidence in the LNP team, with just three of its members ever having sat on the front bench in government.

At the same time, the polls show that brand Labor has suffered from a public perception of a lack of accountability within the senior ranks, despite recent reforms aimed at increasing accountability.

The data shows the Premier's approval rating has slipped 35%, with 61% disapproving of her performance while 25% of respondents approved.

LNP leader Campbell Newman, who faces a battle to secure at least a 7.1% swing in the Brisbane seat of Ashgrove, currently has an approval rating of zero.

That means some 41% of poll respondents polled each way on his potential as a state leader, a fall of 31% since March 2011.

Some 55% of respondents listed Mr Newman as preferred premier, while Premier Bligh was preferred by 34% of those polled.

Primary support for the two major parties currently sits at 20% for Labor, while the LNP has garnered 43% of respondents' support.

A major issue heading into the election is the economic versus environmental arguments about coal-seam gas, with both major parties largely supporting its expansion, while the Greens and Katter's Australian Party were both presenting the case against.

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