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Jul 18, 2014

Poll Bludger: Palmer riding high as Abbott continues to dive

Latest polls show Labor well ahead while growing support emerges for Palmer United.

William Bowe — Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe

Editor of The Poll Bludger

Two months on from the May budget, opinion polls are providing no indication that the public backlash against the Abbott government is wearing off. The real winner is Clive Palmer, whose Palmer United Party is enjoying unprecedented levels of support — depending on which measures you believe.

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  1. Steve777

    I heard Tony Abbott crowing yesterday about how he had finally rid Australia of a ‘destructive and toxic tax’. I think he believes his own propaganda.

    I am looking forward to the day when we can be rid of this destructive and toxic Prime Minister and Government.

  2. Steve777

    It’s a very interesting observation that Clive Palmer was able to take his party’s vote from nothing to 5% through big campaign spending, then add another 5% for the WA Senate by-election. Campaign spending pays dividends.

    Now the Coalition last year effectively had the nation’s largest media organisation campaigning for it. They probably will next time and this media organisation will also be turning its considerable firepower on the PUP if it continues to be a thorn in the side of their preferred team. Some say that the effect of media bias is exaggerated, but I think it shifts a critical couple of percent at the margins, maybe more. Enough to change the result in close contests.

  3. CML

    I believe these polls regarding the PUP were all taken before the Senate vote to repeal the carbon tax and not to put anything that works in its place.
    Looking forward to the next poll when I expect the PUP vote to decline significantly. Certainly, the PUP senators did NOT cover themselves with glory on that issue, and the gloating by Lambie just showed what an idiot she is.
    According to senator Xenaphon (interviewed on ABC earlier in the week) neither major party intends doing anything to fix the current system of gaming the senate. Therefore, be prepared for more drongos/bogans to infest the senate for the foreseeable future!
    If this is democracy, where a senate seat can be won by less than 1% of the primary vote, then I’m over it!

  4. MJPC

    I think PUPmer is meeting his waterloo.
    He wants the mining tax gone (self interest is the favourite in this race), but wants to keep all of the things that it paid for (child bonus etc) being the populist he is trying to be.
    Labour/Green’s wants the tax to remain which pay for the added welfare items (no conflicts there);
    LNP wants everything gone.
    The PUPies want the additional’s but must be in the quandary of how to they respect the master (Palmer) and the suitor (LNP)?
    If Palmer accepts some compromise and passes the tax then how can they guarantee the extra’s will remain?
    Oh the tangled web….

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