The idea that preferred prime minister is a useful polling indicator is hard to kill, but the government is much better placed than it was earlier this year.
While warring poll numbers cast doubt on voter's love for the Coalition, there are signs that Malcolm Turnbull may soon have a reason to await his preferred leader polls with hope rather than dread.
Since 2007, a working majority of the population has been centre-left shifted, and the Coalition has repeatedly failed to grasp that fact.
It's not just self-regard that caused Malcolm Turnbull to come unstuck on this persistent Newspoll commentary. He has also been the victim of unusually stable polling results.
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