Latest Newspoll finds only 28% of Queenslanders prefer Lawrence Springborg as Premier
Latest Newspoll finds only 28% of Queenslanders prefer Lawrence Springborg as Premier Brenda Strong

Opposition Leader talks down plummeting popularity

LAWRENCE Springborg has brushed off suggestions he will step down if his popularity continues to plummet as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's surges.

The latest Newspoll found 28% of those surveyed preferred the Opposition Leader as premier but nearly half preferred Ms Palaszczuk.

Almost one quarter were uncommitted.

"The last time that I took us to a state election in Queensland in 2009 I received 5% more of the primary vote than Annastacia Palaszczuk received at the last state election leading the Labor party," Mr Springborg said.

"All I'll just say is we've got a long time between now and the next state election.

"We're basically seven months into a Queensland term."

He refused to speculate on online bookmaker Sportsbet's odds on fellow LNP MP Tim Mander replacing Mr Springborg as LNP leader at the next election.

Sportsbet had Mr Springborg's chances to remain leader at the next state election at $3, Mr Mander replacing him at $4 and LNP MP Tim Nicholls at $6.

The bookmaker also had Labor as odds on to stay in office.

Newspoll found Labor was leading the LNP by 53% to 47% on a two-party-preferred basis.

Although the LNP's popularity was almost 20% higher than Mr Springborg's, he said it was not uncommon for an Opposition Leader to be less popular than their party.

- APN NEWSDESK



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