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Queensland voters sour on Palaszczuk government

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is no longer Queensland's preferred leader, a poll has found.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is no longer Queensland's preferred leader, a poll has found. Photo: AAP

Queensland’s Palaszczuk government is on track to lose next year’s state election as voters sour on Labor over living costs, crime and health, according to a poll.

The Freshwater Strategy Poll, conducted for the Australian Financial Review, found almost half of those surveyed had an unfavourable view of Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

She was edged out as preferred premier by Opposition Leader David Crisafulli in the poll of 1065 voters, which found Labor’s primary vote had fallen to 34 per cent.

In comparison, the primary vote for the Liberal National Party rose to 40 per cent.

The LNP was ahead of Labor by 52 per cent to 48 per cent on a two-party-preferred basis 16 months from the state election.

Those figures would deliver an extra 13 seats and victory to the LNP if replicated at an election, ending Labor’s dominance in governments on mainland Australia.

The poll showed 47 per cent of voters had an unfavourable view of the premier, while 39 per cent had a favourable view.

Ms Palaszczuk was a fraction behind as preferred premier, at 44 per cent to Mr Crisaulli’s 45 per cent.

However, the opposition leader continues to suffer from a lack of recognition among voters.

Some 39 per cent of those surveyed said they had not heard of him, while 27 per cent viewed him favourably.

Two-thirds of Queensland voters believe the cost of living is Queensland’s main issue, followed by housing at 57 per cent, crime at 54 per cent and health at 29 per cent.

The poll found 46 per cent of voters believed Queensland was headed in the wrong direction, with 36 per cent saying it was going in the right direction.

– AAP

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