Opposition leader Brendan Nelson has clocked up his second 9% in a week. Morgan polling shows that just 9% of voters say he would be a better PM than Kevin Rudd.

He gets a third disappointing third nine per cent, too. Only 9% of voters believe he should lead the Coalition to the next election. Malcolm Turnbull is the preferred candidate, on 24%.

If Nelson slipped off his Triumph and went under a bus and was removed from the equation altogether, 26% would back Turnbull on who should lead the Libs.

Special Morgan polling commissioned by Crikey in late July last year when the Howard government was on a primary vote of 35% found that the vote would be maintained under Turnbull. In contrast, only 31.5% of electors said they would vote for a Liberal Party led by Peter Costello.

Kevin Rudd scores 77% as preferred PM. Fifty per cent of voters say Deputy PM Julia Gillard should lead the ALP if he was to go.

Even despite Question Time, 8% say Wayne Swan should be leader, 6% back Lindsay Tanner, with 6% supporting Bill Shorten, Stephen Smith and Jenny Macklin.

Peter Fray

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