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Dec 17, 2012

Essential: Labor ends the year well adrift

The last Essential Research poll for 2012 shows the Coalition has retained its big lead over Labor. And most voters are glad the political year is over.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Labor ends the year well behind the Coalition, but slightly more voters think Julia Gillard will be leading her party at the next election than Tony Abbott, according to polling from Essential Research.

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4 thoughts on “Essential: Labor ends the year well adrift

  1. shepherdmarilyn

    This country is not run on the basis of these stupid, mindless little polls.

    Why don’t you all piss off to Nauru to see the damage you have helped to create.

  2. Matt M

    Great news. The Nielsen poll looks like an outlier, looking at this, last week’s Newspoll and Essential, and the Galaxy from a few weeks ago.

  3. tonyfunnywalker

    I would accept the Neilsen poll against all others as they have the experience well beyond the other pollsters. They and Roy Morgan are the benchmark, it is likey the others are the outliers.

    But Polls are dangerous, they are not reliable.

    A Doctoral Study showed that if the same respondents were asked the same question a week later, the level of answer consistency fell darmatically to around 20% of repsondents.

    Opinions can change dramatically in a short period of time as individual perceptions change and as new information is digested.

    The continuous portrial of Gillard and Abbott negatively will become the norm and I still contend if you adopt the ” Weakest Link” (UK TV program)logic either or both will not lead their respective party to the next election.

    The likely weakest link is Abbott.

    BUT…. Ruddy’s new Tee Shirt slogan may just be the beginning.

  4. John Hargrave

    To save everyone the bother of thinking too much about the results of the next election, I’ll publish them now:
    The election will be held in Sept or Oct.Labor will lose the seats of:
    Greenway, Roberston, Lindsay, Banks and Reid (NSW)
    Moreton (Qld), Braddon, Bass (Tas)
    Corangamite,La Trobe,Deakin, (Vic)
    Labor loses 11 seats Libs lose nil seat

    Libs will pick up Oakeshott’s seat of Lyne
    National win: Tony Windsor will not contest the seat of New England
    Wilkie will retain Tas. seat. Brandt will retain Melb

    Net result: Libs win 13 seats-taking them to 85 seat in new parliament
    Labor loses 13-taking them to 60.
    Gillard will step down from politics on the night of election. Bill Shorten will take over as Labor leader.
    Tony Abbott will be in for 1 full term. 2016 will be a win to LNP but with reduced majority. Abbott then will hand over to Christian Porter as leader 6 months from end of 2nd term. Porter will go on to win the 2019 election.
    Now there’s no need to woory about the coming 9 months!!

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