Palmer out on his ear: poll

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer in full voice during Question Time in October 2015. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer in full voice during Question Time in October 2015. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Brisbane [AAP]

A new poll suggests Clive Palmer shouldn’t bother trying to keep his Sunshine Coast seat.

A new Galaxy poll published in The Courier-Mail shows voters in his seat of Fairfax are ready to dump him, amid anger over the axing of 237 jobs at his nickel refinery.

Mr Palmer’s primary support is sitting at just two per cent – down from 26.5 per cent when he narrowly won the federal seat on preferences at the 2013 election.

The poll shows 83 per cent of voters are dissatisfied with his performance and just 7 per cent believe he’s doing a satisfactory job.

Galaxy polled 506 Fairfax voters on January 21, six days after Mr Palmer’s company Queensland Nickel sacked 237 workers at its Yabulu refinery near Townsville.

He’s since had to defend more than $20 million in donations the company made to bankroll his Palmer United Party, and the company is now in voluntary administration as workers fight for their entitlements.

Asked who they’d vote for if an election was held now, 50 per cent of poll respondents said the Liberal National Party.

That’s up from 41.3 per cent at the last election. But Labor’s vote is also up, from 18.2 per cent to 27 per cent.

Mr Palmer refused to comment on the poll but turned to Twitter to call it ‘propaganda’.

The federal opposition has asked Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to consider Labor’s plan to create thousands of jobs after the Queensland Nickel sackings.

Labor says the construction of a new stadium in Townsville and Bruce Highway upgrades could create thousands of jobs.

‘We’ve put forward a plan and we’ve asked the prime minister to think about it very seriously and respond as quickly as possible because it’s going to be very difficult,’ Labor’s employment spokesman Brendan O’Connor has told ABC radio.

Labor also wants Mr Turnbull to fast-track any claims from sacked workers under a federal scheme to provide entitlements when companies fail and can’t pay their staff.

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