Plan C, anybody? It appears that the Prime Minister wasn’t exaggerating when he told the government party room he didn’t have any rabbits to pull out of a hat.

Indeed, today’s Galaxy polling published in the News Limited tabloids leaves the PM looking like a bunny.

The Government’s primary vote is down one point from the beginning of June to 37% while Labor’s is up two to 46%. The two-party preferred splits Labor’s way 55% to 45%, a two percent move in Labor’s favour. And Galaxy’s other findings seem to have really caught the PM on the hop.

Galaxy have learned their lesson after the controversy surrounding their questions last month. Their latest efforts are absolutely plain vanilla.

“Do you think Prime Minister John Howard is addressing problems in Aboriginal communities because of the upcoming federal election or because he really cares about the problem?” Galaxy have asked.

We appear to be a cynical bunch. 58% of respondents said it was because of the federal election. The PM might have regained control of the agenda, but Galaxy suggests that we’re unimpressed.

The government’s fallback doesn’t seem to have made that much impact on voters either. Galaxy asks “Have the recent actions of some trade union officials made you more inclined to vote for the ALP at the next federal election, less inclined to vote for the ALP, or will these actions not influence your vote?”

Union bosses using naughty words hasn’t given the nation a collective conniption. Indeed, it hasn’t changed the voting intention of 67% of the electorate.

Roll on the Newspoll — but it looks as if a 4 August election is off the agenda and the PM will continue hunting rabbits.

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