26 November 2013 10:43 PM

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Premier Campbell Newman has shrugged off a poll indicating he would lose his seat of Ashgrove if an election was held today.

The controversial sacking of an entire parliamentary committee and the introduction of tough anti-bikie laws could cost Mr Newman his seat, the ReachTEL poll shows.

The poll of 787 voters in Mr Newman’s seat of Ashgrove, commissioned by Seven News, showed 53.6 per cent were less likely to vote for him because he dumped the Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee.

Of those surveyed, 48.1 per cent said they were less likely to vote for Mr Newman and the LNP because of recent changes to laws targeting organised crime and bikies.

Mr Newman did not directly address the results of the poll but cited the LNP’s election mantra, saying the government was working to get the state ‘‘back on track’’.

Nearly 32 per cent of survey respondents said the tough new laws meant they were more likely to give the Premier and his government the tick of approval at the 2015 election.

But in a major blow for Mr Newman, 53 per cent rated his performance as their local member as ‘‘poor’’ or ‘‘very poor’’.

While Labor is yet to announce an Ashgrove candidate for the 2015 election, those surveyed seemed to like former MP Kate Jones, with 53 per cent having a ‘‘favourable opinion’’ of her.

And 48.5 per cent said they were more likely to vote for Labor if Ms Jones ran.

Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Newman government would pay for its decisions at the next election.

“The Premier’s shameful, outrageous act of sacking an entire parliamentary committee last week, because it exposed a truth he did not want exposed, has resonated deeply in the Ashgrove community,’’ she said.

Despite dwindling support for him and his government, Mr Newman has said he plans to contest both the 2015 and 2018 state elections.

On a two-party preferred basis, the Reachtel poll showed Labor on 52 per cent and the LNP on 48 per cent.

Source: brisbanetimes.com.au

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