Shifting Voter Sentiments: An Uphill Task for Labor Premier
In a surprising political turn, support for the Liberal-National Coalition in Queensland has surpassed that of Labor, as per a recent poll. Notably, it shows that the electorate now holds a higher preference for the alternative, in reference to the current Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk.
David Crisafulli, the Opposition Leader, has seen a surge in support, achieving a higher positive sentiment from voters than Ms Palaszczuk, revealing a concerning trend for the incumbent Premier and her party.
Key Findings of the Poll: Setback for Labor
The Resolve Strategic Poll indicates a rise in the primary vote for the Coalition, witnessing an uptick from 33 per cent to 38 per cent, while the support for the Labor Party waned slightly, dropping three points from 35 to 32 per cent.
Also of note is the decrease in personal support for the Premier, with 43 per cent negative voter sentiment registered. The findings, based on a respondent pool of 947 individuals, ring alarm bells for Ms Palaszczuk.
An Opportune Moment for the Opposition
For the first time, the Resolve Poll projected Mr Crisafulli as the preferred choice for Premier, with approval rating standing at 37 per cent, marginally higher than Ms Palaszczuk’s 36 per cent approval. These results indicate an incline in positive voter sentiment towards the Coalition.
Issues Plaguing the Incumbent Government
The current government has been at the fulcrum of criticism for their handling of a number of issues including youth crime, healthcare, and housing. Opposition Leader Mr Crisafulli has been vocal in his critique of the management of these issues, accusing the government of being “at war with themselves”.
Reshuffling Deck Chairs: Palaszczuk’s Strategy
In a strategic effort to manage these crises, Ms Palaszczuk introduced a new cabinet in a surprise reshuffle, creating new portfolios for youth justice, health, and housing. These decisions indicate an acknowledgement of issues requiring immediate attention and a promise of a more proactive approach in addressing them.
Upcoming Challenges for Both Parties
While the recent polls show favor towards the Coalition, nearly 40 per cent of the Queensland population is unaware of the LNP leader, indicating a persistent challenge for Mr Crisafulli.
Simultaneously, Ms Palaszczuk, despite her declining popularity, has a history of successful election wins for Labor. With the next Queensland election slated for 2024, the Premier has the opportunity to overcome these hurdles and secure her place in the annals of state history.