New poll shows Clive Palmer would lose Coast seat
PALMER United Party leader Clive Palmer will lose his Sunshine Coast seat, according to a new poll which shows almost 70% of his electorate would not vote for him.
A poll by Seven Local News of just under 500 people in key parts of his Maroochydore-based electorate shows only 20% said they would vote for him at the next election.
The station said it surveyed people from Buderim to Coolum over the past few weeks.
Mr Palmer won the Sunshine Coast seat of Fairfax by just 53 votes after a recount.
The high proflile billionaire won the original count by seven votes until the recount which took weeks.
LNP candidate Ted O'Brien returned the highest primary vote of 41%, compared to Mr Palmer's 26% but Mr Palmer's preferences got him across the line.
Mr Palmer dismissed the poll result saying 'all the polls were wrong' at the last election which said neither he nor his party would gain office.
The mining magnate also rejected criticism over his shocking parliamentary attendance record, saying he was better using his 'power and influence' in the Senate by meeting with key players in Canberra.
The poll comes as Mr Palmer yesterday launched a blistering attack on Premier Campbell Newman, describing him as a "little Hitler'.
He accused the Electoral Commission of Queensland of being under the control of Mr Newman after PUP was required to produce evidence to show it still had more than 500 members in Queensland to remain as a registered party.
Mr Palmer said PUP had 'thousands of members' and pointed out the irony of Mr Newman wanting their names and addresses, Fairfax reported.
"We have to get these Nazis out of power."
He accused the ECQ of demanding his party's membership in electronic form so "they can probably email it straight back to the Campbell Newman and his corrupt government".
"We'll give little Hitler his list and he can then start his persecution of them like he has persecuted everyone across the state."