LNP slumps in union poll, Clive Palmer would get 13% of vote

A POLL commissioned by the Together Union shows support for the LNP has dropped to 38% in Maryborough - while Clive Palmer's United Party would get 13.4% of the primary vote, if a state election was held now.

Independent former MP Chris Foley would receive 27.4% of the primary vote, while incumbent Anne Maddern would get just a fraction higher at 28.1%.

The poll of 556 Maryborough voters also canvassed opinions on whether they trusted Premier Campbell Newman and the LNP, and how privatisation of public services such as the prison and health services would affect their vote.

More than 63% of respondents said they did "not trust" the LNP state government to look after the interests of people in Maryborough, 60.5% opposed privatising the Maryborough Correctional Centre, and 69.5% opposed privatising pathology services.

The poll also showed almost 70% of people would be concerned or very concerned about community safety if the Maryborough prison were privatised - a suggestion which police minister Jack Dempsey refuses to rule out.

"Clearly, this shows privatisation is toxic," Together Union state secretary Alex Scott said.

He said the LNP had about 46% support at the start of the year, but many voters had switched allegiances to the Palmer party.

"Conservative voters are looking for any alternative to the LNP, whether that's the Katter party or Palmer," he said.

Voters poll

The Together Union polls asked respondents: If the state election was held today, how would you vote?

  • Liberal National Party - 38.6%
  • Labor - 23.1%
  • The Greens - 5.8%
  • Katter's Australian Party - 9.3%
  • Palmer United Party - 13.4%
  • Other - 9.7%

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