Clive Palmer on the campaign trail.
Clive Palmer on the campaign trail.

New poll shows Clive Palmer's party as strong as Greens

MINING magnate Clive Palmer's new party is polling as strongly as the Greens in Queensland, according to a new Fairfax-Nielsen poll.

The poll also shows Kevin Rudd's return to the Labor leadership has failed to lift the party's fortunes in Mr Rudd's home state.

The Fairfax-Nielsen poll shows more voters now trust Mr Abbott more than Mr Rudd.

Seven out of 10 think Mr Abbott will be the next prime minister.

The survey of 1014 respondents in Queensland between August 31 and September 1 suggests the ALP is unlikely to pick up the number of seats needed to compensate for big losses expected in other states.

Labor's primary vote is languishing at 31% while the Palmer United Party is polling as strongly as the Greens on 8%.

While PUP is still not expected to win a seat in the House of Representatives, it could gain a spot in the Senate.

Mr Palmer has dismissed the polls, claiming they are rigged by the Murdoch press, which has backed Mr Abbott.

However, Queensland's richest man is facing an uphill battle to win his Sunshine Coast seat of Fairfax with LNP candidate Ted O'Brien expected to be elected.

In the neighbouring seat of Fisher, former Howard government minister Mal Brough, also for the LNP, is expected to poll well ahead of PUP candidate Bill Schoch.

Mr Schoch is virtually unknown on the Coast, apart from his role as the general manager of the Palmer Coolum Resort.

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