The Australian newspaper appears to have withheld the results of a Newspoll on voting intention to avoid embarrassment in the wake of last week's bombshell that had Malcolm Turnbull gaining ground on Kevin Rudd and the ALP and Liberals toe to toe.

On Saturday and Sunday, Newspoll, which is half-owned by News Limited, rang 1200 households across the country in response to a request from The Australian to take the nation's temperature on asylum seekers. It appeared to be a single issue poll. However, the results were broken down by voting intention -- enough to deduce whether last week's shock two-party preferred result of 52/48, and a tied primary vote of 41 a piece, was a dreaded outlier or something more telling for the government.