Jun 23, 2014

Abbott faces the ‘Gillard challenge’: down in the polls

Polling shows the budget sales process has damaged both the budget and its chief spruiker, the PM. Tony Abbott now finds himself in Julia Gillard's situation; can he climb out of it?

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

While the Coalition’s polling position shouldn’t give too much cause for concern for government strategists — it’s over two years until the next election — the damage inflicted by the budget on Tony Abbott should be. The Prime Minister has emerged from the budget process badly wounded.

The most recent leader approval figures from Essential Research, two weeks ago, show approval of Abbott at 35% to 58% disapproval, or a negative disapproval rating of 23%. That followed a poll on the eve of the budget of 35%-55%. It’s the sort of -20% levels that Julia Gillard routinely occupied from 2011 (barring a brief period over the summer of 2012-13) until her removal a year ago.

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6 thoughts on “Abbott faces the ‘Gillard challenge’: down in the polls

  1. klewso

    Abbott – the dodgy, disinterested, economic illiterate – the electorate’s reading him like a book?

  2. Jill Baird

    Wow, prescient polling! So we already know how people will think in Sepetember and October 2014!

  3. philro

    The difference between Abbott and Gillard is that Abbott has the media magnates backing him and he is not a female and thats why Abbott will survive this.

  4. JennyWren

    Sorry jill for all your mispelling abbott is a dud and nothing can save him

  5. JennyWren

    Nope not even rupe can save him phil ro

  6. pragmatic

    Gillard had Rudd undermining her. Abbott is not being actively undermined despite the ravings of Bolt & Jones. Why undermine Abbott anyway, when he is, by himself, (viz Doha as the latest) doing himself in?

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