PUP to win government, says Palmer

CLIVE Palmer's Palmer United Party will win the Tasmanian election, according to Clive Palmer.

The mining magnate turned politician issued a press release today declaring that ``internal polling'' had the new party winning 13 out of 25 seats on March 15, allowing it to govern in majority.

``Our polling shows the Palmer United Party is heading for victory on March 15 and our state leader Kevin Morgan will be the next Premier of Tasmania,'' Mr Palmer said.

The apparent internal polling is wildly different to a recent ReachTEL poll commissioned by the Liberal Party, which showed PUP was unlikely to win any seats.

ReachTEL had the new party's approval rating at 4.8 per cent.

A Palmer United Party spokesman said the phone poll of 500 Tasmanians was conducted internally, without the use of a polling company, and that the party stood by the results.

``We have found that it's more beneficial to do our own polling,'' he said.

The spokesman said the 500 polled were not party members but could not say how they had been identified.

He would not release its questions or detailed polling data. 

The party has proved popular in Tasmania in the past, with Senator-elect Jacqui Lambie snagging the sixth senate spot at last year's federal election.

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