Another federal Newspoll out today, but you might have trouble finding it in The Australian: it’s buried in a story on citizenship tests, with nothing about voting intention until the fifth paragraph.

That may or may not have something to do with the fact that the poll is good news for Labor: its two-party-preferred vote is steady at 53%, the first time it’s maintained such a high level since late last year. The approval ratings and “beauty contest” numbers also show little change.

For the long term trend, check out Bryan Palmer’s graphs at Ozpolitics. The trend line is gradual but very steady; apart from a deviation in October-November last year and subsequent correction, government support looks to have been just slowly leaking away.

Peter Fray

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