Qld Premier Campbell Newman.
Qld Premier Campbell Newman. Chris Ison

Premier 'arrogant', 'terrible'

THE Fraser Coast has unleashed its own stinging attack on the Newman government, with the bulk of participants in a major survey saying they are unhappy with the LNP leader's performance so far.

More than 500 Chronicle readers logged on to our website to respond when asked to rate the performance of Queensland Premier Campbell Newman after his first five months in office.

The majority said they felt Mr Newman was not an effective leader and now believed that his government would be worse for rural and regional Queensland than the previous Labor government.

Sixty-five per cent also described the Premier as "arrogant".

The results are in line with a general and highly publicised popularity slump as the State Government cops backlash over its massive public service cuts.

Of the 549 Fraser Coast residents who completed the survey, 67.4% said the slashing of public service jobs had driven down their support for the government, and almost half said they did not accept that the cuts were necessary to reduce debt.

When asked to rate the government's performance so far, half (49.9%) would use the term "terrible".

The survey was part of an APN media poll that generated responses from almost 6000 participants statewide.

When questioned about the damning survey results, Mr Newman asked Queenslanders to "be patient".

"Please be patient and bear with us while we make these tough decisions to sort out the mess left by Labor," he said.

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