Aug 1, 2014

Poll Bludger: MH17 lifts Abbott’s numbers, but votes another story

The latest polls show an improvement in Tony Abbott's personal ratings but don't hide the fact that he is still deep in the doldrums despite his post-MH17 performance.

William Bowe — Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe

Editor of The Poll Bludger

After a fortnight of what Niki Savva of The Australian described as “an opportunity to see Tony Abbott stripped of politics”, the verdict of Australia’s poll respondents is in. Five polls conducted entirely after the MH17 disaster of July 17 find the electorate to be more moderate in its hostility towards Tony Abbott, and to have become slightly less ill-disposed towards voting for his government.

This less-than-spectacular finding is based on 2-point shifts in the Coalition’s favour in polls from Essential Research and Morgan, and 1-point shifts from Galaxy and ReachTEL. However, the change seems to have got lost inside the error margin at Newspoll, which this week had Labor’s lead unchanged at 54-46.

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