Voters split by a hair's breadth a week out from election

QUEENSLAND is teetering on a knife-edge just seven sleeps until the election.

And regional residents say the state's economy is getting worse.

Two polls this week reveal a hair's breadth between the major parties as they jostle to lead the Sunshine State.

Meanwhile, another survey found 38% of 43,000 regional and rural residents believed the state's finances were spiralling out of control.

The battle between the LNP and Labor is too close to call, according to Roy Morgan Research.

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At the same time, a ReachTEL poll commissioned by Seven News puts the incumbent slightly ahead of the Opposition.

The latter poll, which questioned 1635 Queenslanders on Tuesday night, showed support for the LNP has risen 2% since the election was called.

About 42% of respondents said they would put the LNP first and 36.7% said Labor had their vote for the top spot.

The Morgan Poll, which was conducted by SMS, revealed the LNP with 50.5% held a narrow lead over the ALP, which is sitting at 49.5%, on a two-party preferred basis.

Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk, with 51.5%, has a narrow lead as "better premier" over Campbell Newman, who scored 48.5%.

"It remains possible the LNP could win the State Election although the premier might lose his hotly contested seat of Ashgrove," Gary Morgan said of his company's research.

An ABC 2015: Vote Compass online survey asked voters how they felt about the state's economy compared to a year ago.

About 43% said there was little change, 38% said it was worse and 19% said it had improved.

State politics expert Dr Paul Williams said the voter polls were right on track with political pundits' predictions.

"We know this is a very very close contest," the Griffith University academic said yesterday. FRIDAY.

"Much closer than we thought it would be a year ago."

Dr Williams said both leaders needed to build trust if they wanted to sway the final outcome.

"Campbell Newman needs to blunt these accusations that somehow he is being deceptive," he said.

A LNP spokesman said "political instability" was a real threat.

"The risk of a hung Parliament is real," the spokesman said.

"Labor flopping over the line with the help of the minor parties and independents is a recipe for political instability that will mean less jobs, higher taxes and a higher cost of living for families."

Ms Palaszczuk has ruled out any deals with the minor parties or new taxes if she pushes Mr Newman out of the top job next Saturday JAN 31.

"Labor is not focused on polls and will continue to listen to Queenslanders about jobs," an opposition spokesman said.

"The LNP continues to focus on this (deals and taxes) because they want a distraction from their planned asset sales and Campbell Newman's record of broken promises."

The ReachTEL poll also revealed a slight increase - from 7.6% to 8.4% - in support for the Greens but Clive Palmer's PUP party dropped from 6.3% to 5.2%.


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