WA voters deliver verdict on Clive Palmer

 thewest.com.au  05/17/2019 18:00:00 

Most West Australians believe Clive Palmer is not fit to return to Parliament.

As the billionaire hopes to pick up a slew of seats in todays Federal election, a survey of voters across five Perth electorates found 63 per cent did not want Mr Palmer elected.

Almost 20 per cent believed Mr Palmer would be good for democracy and the remainder were uncommitted, the YouGov Galaxy poll for The Weekend West showed.

Pearce had the highest proportion of voters hoping Mr Palmers election bid fails (70 per cent), followed by Stirling (69 per cent), Cowan (64 per cent), Hasluck (58 per cent) and Swan (54 per cent).

The most pro-Mr Palmer residents were in Hasluck, with 25 per cent wanting him back in Canberra.

Mr Palmer  who has a net worth of $1.8 billion  is standing as a Senate candidate for Queensland under his United Australia Party.

He was previously elected in 2010 as the member for Fairfax.

Most people dont want Mr Palmer returned, YouGov Galaxy managing director David Briggs said.

Mr Palmer has poured more than $53 million into a national advertising campaign during the 37-day election period in a bid to win as many seats as possible.

He did a preference deal with the Coalition, which could make all the difference in lineball seats such as Hasluck and Swan, both polling at 50-50 on a two-party preferred basis.

The UAP is running candidates in all 151 House of Representatives seats, including16 in WA.

It is putting up three Senate candidates for WA.

Sportsbet has UAP at $31 to nab more than five seats. The odds for one seat are $5.50.

Mr Palmer has predicted his party could win up to seven seats and hold the balance of power.

He is locked in a battle with WA Premier Mark McGowan, who is set to rewrite a State Agreement with Mr Palmers company to allow a key iron ore project in the Pilbara to go ahead in a bid to save 3000 jobs.

Mr McGowan is looking to insert a clause with Mr Palmers Mineralogy that would allow Chinese company CITIC to expand its operations without needing the agreement of the businessman.

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