Regional voters speak
SUPPORT for the Palmer United Party has gone past the Greens in Queensland, an APN online survey indicates.
It comes after a Nielsen poll this week showed Clive Palmer's party had drawn level with the Greens on 8% in his home state of Queensland.
While APN's opt-in survey of more than 2800 people was not a scientific poll, the voting intention results were almost identical to most nationwide polls done in the past week.
Less than a third of respondents (31%) said they would vote Labor on Saturday, while 44% indicated they would vote for the Coalition.
This reflects the results of Monday's Newspoll, published in The Australian, which had Labor's primary vote at 33% and 46% for the Coalition.
In a bad sign for Labor, 93% of respondents to the APN survey, which was conducted between Friday and Tuesday, indicated their vote was locked in.
Support for the PUP sat at 8.3% in the APN survey - well ahead of the Greens on 6%.
Just 3.2% of people said they were undecided.
But given more than 2000 of the survey's respondents were from Queensland, the state-specific results are even more telling.
Just a quarter of Queensland respondents indicated they would vote for Labor, and 48% for the Coalition.
Support for the PUP among Queenslanders came in at 9.4%, compared to 5.3% for the Greens, and 4.4% for Katter's Australian Party.
These results are similar to the Nielsen poll of Queensland voters published by Fairfax this week.
In that poll, the Coalition led Labor 45% to 31% in voting intention - although support for Labor dropped to 28% in rural areas.
This is much closer to the result of the APN survey, where the vast bulk of respondents were based in regional parts of the state.
Support for the PUP in the Nielsen poll was 8%, the same as the Greens, while 4% indicated they would vote for KAP - the same as the APN survey.
Polling places for Saturday include St Paul's Anglican Church Hall (Stanthorpe), St Andrews Presbyterian Church Hall (Stanthorpe), Stanthorpe Blue Care, Applethorpe State School, Broadwater State School, The Summit State School, Glen Aplin State School, Amiens State School, Eukey Public Hall, Liston Hall, Ballandean State School, Dalveen Hall and Wallangarra State School.
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