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Mar 5, 2018

Crikey Worm: Turnbull loses 28th consecutive Newspoll

Good morning, early birds. Latest Newspoll confirms, whatever Turnbull's selling, the public isn't buying it. Plus, Australia prepares for (trade) war over Donald Trump's surprise metal tariffs. It's the news you need to know, with Max Chalmers.

Max Chalmers

Freelance journalist


The government's plan to claw back its position in the polls by undermining Bill Shorten's credibility is failing, according to the latest Newspoll ($).

Labor's lead over the Coalition on the two-party-preferred measure remains 53-47, after the Coalition's position improved by a point in early February, only to slip back again. It's the 28th Newspoll the government has lost in a row.

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One thought on “Crikey Worm: Turnbull loses 28th consecutive Newspoll

  1. Arky

    The 2PP support seems incredibly rusted-in at this stage, doesn’t it?

    After the past couple of years it’s hard to imagine what might shake more than 1 or 2 percent of that 47 away from Turnbull if they haven’t shaken already (well, unless he has his own Sir Prince Phillip type of moment), but the 53 or so seems very locked in as well with each passing Newspoll.

    I don’t feel anyone’s really listening anymore. A chunk of anti-Abbott voters were willing to give Turnbull a chance and while they dwindled, just enough stayed long enough for Turnbull to win the 2016 election. All indications are those people got almost immediate buyer’s remorse courtesy of Turnbull’s election night tantrum and continued refusal to do anything remotely progressive (e.g. they were the last naive souls left buying into the common media narrative that Turnbull, after winning an election in his own right, would pivot into being the socially progressive economically liberal leader the media has painted him as for many years), hence the government being behind in every Newspoll since they were elected. Those people are NOT coming back for Mr Postal Survey, Mr Demonise-Renewables etc.

    On the other hand, the constant demonisation of “faceless man” Shorten has found its mark to the extent that this utterly incompetent government still seems to be locked in to 46-47% of the 2PP vote when they should be completely out of sight in the rear view mirror. There’s obviously a hesitancy for people backing Shorten. This is not an argument for Labor to ditch Shorten, he’s obviously doing a good job unifying the party and holding a blowtorch to the government even if some voters aren’t appreciating it, there’s no case for risking losing all that when Labor’s lead is sufficiently solid.

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