Jul 22, 2014

Essential: MH17 diplomacy sparks turnaround for the Coalition

Latest Essential poll shows first substantial Coalition gain since the politically disastrous budget, while women remain disengaged with super.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Tony Abbott’s forceful handling of the MH17 tragedy has sparked the first substantial recovery in the government’s polling for months, according to today’s Essential poll.

While Essential’s rolling two-week voting intention average has Labor still leading 52-48 (Coalition up one point to 39, Labor down a point to 39, others level), its numbers from last week, from responses mostly in the aftermath of the shooting down of MH17, show the government moving to trail Labor by just two points, 51-49 (with the Coalition on 40% and Labor on 36%). The results reflect the media consensus that Abbott has handled the tragedy, which claimed the lives of 37 Australians and Australian residents, well. The government has struggled for months to recover its standing with voters, after a politically disastrous budget that left both the Prime Minister and Treasurer Joe Hockey damaged.

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26 thoughts on “Essential: MH17 diplomacy sparks turnaround for the Coalition

  1. paddy

    I somehow doubt it’s more than a brief spit into the wind for Abbott. The grovelling and carry on in the Murdoch press appears to think he’s finally turned the corner and we’re now witnessing the second coming.
    Dogs bollocks.
    He’s still the same clueless fool he always was.
    Plus the coalition are no closer to getting traction with their budget and the punters still loathe it.

  2. Peter Watson

    The tragedy has been an absolute windfall for Abbott and he has milked it for all its worth.
    The Dutch and Malaysian delegations have been and gone. The Malaysian delegation have the black box flight recorders.
    The Dutch have the train load of deceased, although encountered problems because Ukraine forces were shelling the train station.

    And Tony Abbott is still blowing wind with his supository.

  3. Ron Edgar

    Whilst Abbott has been, rightfully, dogged in pursuit of answers for the MH17 atrocity and his accusations of criminality and denial of dignity to the victims of Russia and their cohort of thugs how will he rationalise the hypocrisy of his denial of dignity to refugees arriving by boat and, in particular, the 157 Sri Lankans held captive after being ‘arrested’ on the high seas of the Indian Ocean?

  4. Brendan King

    amazing how actually stupid australians are though, after everything that’s happened since the election, all the lies and deceit, not two weeks ago the coalition were one of the most reviled governments in history, now everything is forgiven because tony abbott “looks good on tv”,

    w82go straya!

  5. John Attwood

    But Abbot still makes the sort of bellicose statements that are de rigeur for him.
    To wit … “We want an independent, impartial investigation, but Russia is guilty of supplying these weapons” or words to that effect. Does he not see the fundamental flaw in the logic there?

  6. The Pav

    Amazing… A basicaly competent handling of a tradgedy results in an improvement.

    What Abbott has done is no more or no less than required and deserves no merit. It is just that his performance has been so bad that any time he achieves a base competency he looks good.


  7. The Pav

    I note Abbott intends to hold Putin to his word……Pity he doesn’t apply the same standard to himself

  8. Chris Hartwell

    Bali was just the warm-up it seems.

    Abbott VS Putin, ROUND TWO!

  9. Flickknifetipsy

    It’s easy to play the role when the script and the format has been around for Prime Ministers to use ever since the first Prime Minister appointed! Abbott is very like Putin so a lot of what he says is just the pot calling the kettle black.

  10. Yclept

    The sheeple certainly can’t be fooled! Can they?

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