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Galaxy: 52-48 to Labor

The Sunday News Limited tabloids have a Galaxy poll of federal voting intention, conducted on Wednesday and Thursday from a sample of 1391 – quite a bit bigger than Galaxy polls have traditionally been in the past – which shows Labor leading 52-48 on two-party preferred, compared with 50-50 at the last such poll a month ago. On the primary vote, the Coalition is down four points to 39%, Labor is steady on 37%, the Greens are up one to 11% and Palmer United is up two to 6%. The poll also finds 65% opposed to the paid parental leave scheme proceeding “in the current budgetary environment”, compared with 23% in support. Seventy-two per cent say they would rate the proposed deficit levy a broken promise, after being prompted that “Tony Abbott announced before the election that there would be no new taxes”, compared with 21% who thought otherwise.

UPDATE: Possum, who reads more carefully than some of us, observes that the higher sample size is due to a change in methodology, with the live interviewing (which I believe in Galaxy’s case includes a subset of mobile phone polling) supplemented by an online panel.

UPDATE 2 (ReachTEL): The monthly ReachTEL poll for the Seven Network has Labor’s lead up from 52-48 to 54-46, from primary votes of 40% for Labor and 39% for the Coalition. More to follow.

UPDATE 3: Full ReachTEL results here, showing primary votes of 38.9% for the Coalition (down 1.1% on a poll conducted in fortnight ago), 39.6% for Labor (up 2.2%), 11.2% for the Greens (down 0.3%) and 6.0% for Palmer United (up 0.4%). Also featured are leadership ratings on a five-point scale, in which Tony Abbott has a very good or good rating from 26.5% (down 4.3%) and poor or very poor from 56.8% (up 5.0%), while Bill Shorten’s respective numbers are 20.8% (up 1.8%) and 42.2% (down 0.4%). A 1% deficit levy has a net unfavourable if applied at $80,000 per annum (34.2% to 40.7%), becoming strongly favourable at $180,000 (59.3% to 23.4%), but 60.2% believe such a levy would break an election promise against 23.5% who think otherwise. Co-payments for doctor visits have 33.5% support and 56.5% opposition, with 59.0% thinking it a broken promise against 28.4% not; and 47.2% would support reducing the size of the public service to bring the budget to surplus versus 34.3% opposed.

UPDATE 4 (Morgan): Morgan now offers its fortnightly result as well, part of a glut of polling as everyone returns to the party following consecutive long weekends (Newspoll to follow this evening). It adds to the general picture of a blowout in having Labor’s lead at 55-45 (up from 52-48) on respondent-allocated preferences and 53.5-46.5 (up from 52-48) on previous election preferences, the primary votes being 37% for Labor (up three), 37.5% for the Coalition (down one), 12% for the Greens (down one) and 5.5% for Palmer United (up half).

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  1. Any other polls to come ?

    by zoidlord on May 3, 2014 at 10:19 pm

  2. The budget will tell us if Abbott will turn out to be gutless and back down from a tough decision.

    by ShowsOn on May 3, 2014 at 10:19 pm

  3. 39 to L-NP is the lowest for many years

    by sprocket_ on May 3, 2014 at 10:20 pm

  4. ABC is going with boats turnbacks and the current ‘on water operation’ as the reason for the abrupt postponement of Abbott’s Bali meeting with SBY.

    by Steve777 on May 3, 2014 at 10:20 pm

  5. Any other polls to come ?

    I suspect there will be a Newspoll on Monday night and maybe another one the following Monday or Tuesday to test the popularity of the budget.

    by ShowsOn on May 3, 2014 at 10:20 pm

  6. Newspoll next.

    by confessions on May 3, 2014 at 10:21 pm

  7. As I bore people witless saying, every vote tone loses is a vote he will never see again – It’s gone for good.

    by KEVIN-ONE-SEVEN on May 3, 2014 at 10:21 pm

  8. Another interesting thing, judging by the Murdoch tabloid covers, is that the Tory media is not downplaying this, as they normally would. Perhaps a sign that they have Abbott in their sights. Get rid of him now while there is still time might be their view.

    by sohar on May 3, 2014 at 10:23 pm

  9. The PPL results and Tony’s Tax responses are also dire for Abbott.

    A very bad poll for the coalition.

    by confessions on May 3, 2014 at 10:23 pm

  10. It’s the next 3 polls that will tell us something about trend.

    by CTar1 on May 3, 2014 at 10:23 pm

  11. crikey whitey,

    Thanks, yes, I did.

    The convener of the Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner Commemoration Committee, Joe Toscano supports the proposal.

    Joe is a doctor, anarchist and a refugee from Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s regime in Queensland.

    He is a very interesting and committed individual who often stands as a federal and state electoral candidate knowing full well that he will always never gain anywhere near 4% of the primary vote.

    by Pegasus on May 3, 2014 at 10:24 pm

  12. I am happy things have seeem settled down at these figures across the polls.

    I am also happy on the two issues mentioned the voters are against them. It would have been interesting to have a question on universal health care as well.

    by guytaur on May 3, 2014 at 10:24 pm

  13. Chief Numpty of the Fraudit “can’t recall” making $1500 donation to the LNP.

    ICAC NSW goes up his bum about same.

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/02/commission-of-audit-tony-shepherd-grilled-liberal-slush-fund?CMP=soc_568

    by lefty e on May 3, 2014 at 10:24 pm

  14. The PPL results and Tony’s Tax responses are also dire for Abbott.

    A very bad poll for the coalition.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if Abbott backs down and scales back the deficit broken promise tax and perhaps delays his paid parental leave for 1 year to try to offset some of the lost revenue.

    But if he does that, it will just make the budget position worse.

    by ShowsOn on May 3, 2014 at 10:25 pm

  15. I am also happy on the two issues mentioned the voters are against them. It would have been interesting to have a question on universal health care as well.

    I don’t understand why they didn’t ask if Abbott is a dumb muthafarquar.

    by ShowsOn on May 3, 2014 at 10:27 pm

  16. @samanthamaiden: BHP writes to Treasurer Joe Hockey over fears of diesel fuel rebate changes http://t.co/XdKf0HnIdW

    Well they are certainly scaring the horses if Maiden is writing about it

    by guytaur on May 3, 2014 at 10:27 pm

  17. From the usually well informed Sam Maiden

    Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull kicked off this discussion on the levy, asking “What is this?”. But senior sources rejected claims Immigration Minister Scott Morrison and Welfare Minister Kevin Andrews were among those who asked for a “please explain’’.

    One senior government source insisted that Mr Abbott “hates the idea’’ of the deficit levy but can’t see another way to spread the pain on to high income earners.

    Cabinet will hold talks again on Wednesday.

    “It’s not something that has been discussed anywhere near cabinet,” a senior minister said.

    “Seriously, I read about it in your newspaper. It’s an expenditure review committee special. People were asking: ‘What the?’,” the minister added.

    Senior sources said Mr Abbott had been “enigmatic” about the tax as his cabinet raised concerns over the deficit levy reports.

    http://m.couriermail.com.au/news/tony-abbott-would-lose-an-election-if-it-was-held-now-with-voters-seeing-his-deficit-tax-plan-as-a-broken-promise/story-fnihsrk2-1226904477903

    by sprocket_ on May 3, 2014 at 10:27 pm

  18. SO:

    FWIW, and that might be SFA, Shanahan in his scathing of Abbott column today appeared very confident that Tony’s Tax would be in the budget, as it was leaked.

    I guess we’ll find out.

    by confessions on May 3, 2014 at 10:28 pm

  19. Other Federal Polls we are due in the next few days…

    Newspoll
    Essential (weekly)
    Roy Morgan (the fortnightly one is due)
    Reachtel (possible – tweets from people who took calls)

    http://resources1.news.com.au/images/2014/05/03/1226904/378105-poll-artwork.jpg

    by Leroy Lynch on May 3, 2014 at 10:29 pm

  20. Abbott and Hockey seem to be being attacked from right and left. I imagine it is the attack from the right that is most worrying them.

    by sohar on May 3, 2014 at 10:30 pm

  21. But senior sources rejected claims Immigration Minister Scott Morrison and Welfare Minister Kevin Andrews were among those who asked for a “please explain’’.

    Why is it important for “senior sources” to “reject” these claims?

    Is it because those “senior sources” don’t want the back bench to get the impression that Abbott is being abandoned by the nutty right wingers Morrison and Andrews? If it is just Turnbull attacking Abbott’s idiocy then that is understandable because they hate each other, but if it is also Andrews and Morrison, that would be a bad look.

    by ShowsOn on May 3, 2014 at 10:30 pm

  22. I expect that Abbott’s PPL will be ‘deferred’ until the budget situation is improved and will never be spoken of in the halls of the Liberals again. The ‘deferral’ will be blamed on “Labor’s mess”.

    by Steve777 on May 3, 2014 at 10:30 pm

  23. Its not as bad as the Sunday papers front pages suggested.

    If the tories hold around this level post budget I think they wouldn’t be all that worried. Could be worse ?

    Who knows what else is in the wind though – ICAC etc.

    And what is the full story on the cancellation of the Bali trip?

    by dave on May 3, 2014 at 10:30 pm

  24. FWIW, and that might be SFA, Shanahan in his scathing of Abbott column today appeared very confident that Tony’s Tax would be in the budget, as it was leaked.

    I guess we’ll find out.

    If it isn’t in the budget Labor can just spend the next year saying they are saving it for the next budget.

    by ShowsOn on May 3, 2014 at 10:31 pm

  25. STOP THE VOTES!

    by lefty e on May 3, 2014 at 10:31 pm

  26. Since most or all of this polling occurred before the CoA report came out, it’s not surprising that it’s merely in line with the pre-existing trend of 51 or 52 to Labor.

    It’ll be the polls taken this weekend or later that will show the true effects of it.

    by Arrnea Stormbringer on May 3, 2014 at 10:32 pm

  27. Steve777@22

    I expect that Abbott’s PPL will be ‘deferred’ until the budget situation is improved and will never be spoken of in the halls of the Liberals again. The ‘deferral’ will be blamed on “Labor’s mess”.

    67% Labor and 62% tory say it shouldn’t proceed in the current circumstances. Has abbott got yet another ‘out’ if he wants it?

    by dave on May 3, 2014 at 10:32 pm

  28. K-1-7,

    Re: John Kaye….it’s good to see some Greens parliamentarians cutting through in the mainstream media.

    In my home state of Victoria, senator Richard Di Natalie is getting positive exposure as committee chair of the Inquiry into the Audit Commission. Having seen him in person many times at various meetings and forums he is very impressive as is senator-elect Janet Rice.

    The federal greens team is well balanced with a diverse range of skills and experience.

    by Pegasus on May 3, 2014 at 10:33 pm

  29. LNP primary vote with a 3 in front of it is telling, however.

    by Arrnea Stormbringer on May 3, 2014 at 10:33 pm

  30. If it isn’t in the budget Labor can just spend the next year saying they are saving it for the next budget.

    Hell yeah.

    by confessions on May 3, 2014 at 10:34 pm

  31. One senior government source insisted that Mr Abbott “hates the idea’’ of the deficit levy but can’t see another way to spread the pain on to high income earners.

    Cabinet will hold talks again on Wednesday.

    This discord within the government is almost certainly the real reason why Abbott is not meeting SBY in Bali.

    by citizen on May 3, 2014 at 10:35 pm

  32. confessions@18

    SO:

    FWIW, and that might be SFA, Shanahan in his scathing of Abbott column today appeared very confident that Tony’s Tax would be in the budget, as it was leaked.

    I guess we’ll find out.

    Also I saw comment that hockey was in on the deceit tax decision as well. Hard to imagine the treasurer not being in on it – maybe even hockey’s idea ?

    by dave on May 3, 2014 at 10:36 pm

  33. citizen

    We will know the truth about the trip cancellation when the Jakarta Post prints it.

    by guytaur on May 3, 2014 at 10:37 pm

  34. The bulk of this Galaxy was taken before the Commission of Audit scare-a-thon, the resignation of the NSW Police Minster for alleged corruption, and Abbott cancelling his Indonesian trip under a cloud. The 4 point primary loss is pretty good in these circumstances.

    And it gives the NewsCorpse organs the ability to flex their muscles, and do the ‘right thing’ by their dwindling readership by seemingly bullying the government – on the back of well placed leaks.

    by sprocket_ on May 3, 2014 at 10:37 pm

  35. I still cant quite figure out how the LNP got to own the issue of NSW corruption, inside 1 month.

    A stunning political coup. I tips me lid.

    by lefty e on May 3, 2014 at 10:37 pm

  36. The last Galaxy poll had L/NP 50 ALP 50 around the same time .
    ReachTEL had L/NP 48 ALP 52 and
    Essential had L/NP 49 ALP 51
    the Newspoll prior to that week had L/NP 48 ALP 52
    So I would say that on average the polls taken around now would have L/NP between 46 and 46.5 and ALP 53.5 and 54.
    A little disapointing but I don’t think the Libs will recover their votr in the near future.

    by WarrenPeace on May 3, 2014 at 10:39 pm

  37. Also I saw comment that hockey was in on the deceit tax decision as well. Hard to imagine the treasurer not being in on it – maybe even hockey’s idea ?

    Could it be that Hockey has finally realised that Labor reduced spending so much in their last 3 budgets that there aren’t any easy saves left, hence we need some tax increases?

    All of Hockey’s bleating in opposition has turned out to be bullshit. No wonder he goes on Alan Jones and start talking about how much he hates windmills and how he would rather be a singer right now.

    by ShowsOn on May 3, 2014 at 10:39 pm

  38. @stevejco: @MikeCarlton01 there is very strong talk in CBR re: leadership spill in Jun. Turnbull/Hockey vs Abbott/Bishop/Credlin #auspol

    by guytaur on May 3, 2014 at 10:39 pm

  39. dave:

    It seems that the leak of Tony’s Tax was a total shot across the bow of his leadership.

    by confessions on May 3, 2014 at 10:40 pm

  40. 27
    dave

    67% Labor and 62% tory say it shouldn’t proceed in the current circumstances. Has abbott got yet another ‘out’ if he wants it?

    Citing public opinion as an excuse would be a dangerous precedent for him to set.

    What would be his response to the strong consistent public support for Labor’s FTTP version of the NBN?

    And on a 100 other issues on which the public’s (often overwhelming) preferences are ignored by the political class?

    by Just Me on May 3, 2014 at 10:40 pm

  41. 52. In Galaxy!

    Imagine if Shorto was actually effective.

    by lefty e on May 3, 2014 at 10:41 pm

  42. One senior government source insisted that Mr Abbott “hates the idea’’ of the deficit levy but can’t see another way to spread the pain on to high income earners.

    If that is correct – does it mean the big ticket items of tax expenditure – super for the rich, capital gains tax, FBT and deisel rebate tax, other tax shelters etc remain unchanged ?

    If so it makes the entire situation even worse. The deceit tax is a drop in the ocean in comparison.

    by dave on May 3, 2014 at 10:41 pm

  43. @stevejco: @MikeCarlton01 there is very strong talk in CBR re: leadership spill in Jun. Turnbull/Hockey vs Abbott/Bishop/Credlin #auspol

    What does he mean by the ABC threesome? Are Abbott and Credlin regarded as one entity?

    by citizen on May 3, 2014 at 10:42 pm

  44. confessions@39

    dave:

    It seems that the leak of Tony’s Tax was a total shot across the bow of his leadership.

    ‘Fess – May even have come from the PS ? But it looks like abbott and hockey were both in on it.

    by dave on May 3, 2014 at 10:43 pm

  45. dave:

    It seems that the leak of Tony’s Tax was a total shot across the bow of his leadership.

    According to Samantha Maiden, it was a genuine leak. Not just a regular pre-budget idea float to get the nasty things out of the way early.

    by ShowsOn on May 3, 2014 at 10:44 pm

  46. That’s just Twitter bullshit

    by gloryconsequence on May 3, 2014 at 10:45 pm

  47. @stevejco: @MikeCarlton01 there is very strong talk in CBR re: leadership spill in Jun. Turnbull/Hockey vs Abbott/Bishop/Credlin #auspol

    Even if the above is just shit stirring – its worth a go.

    All the same if it looked like the tories were facing a poll thrashing – why would any of them die in a ditch for abbott ?

    by dave on May 3, 2014 at 10:46 pm

  48. (The leadership spill stuff)

    by gloryconsequence on May 3, 2014 at 10:46 pm

  49. Pegasus

    it’s di Natale … Without an added ‘i’. Italian for Christmas …

    by Fran Barlow on May 3, 2014 at 10:46 pm

  50. According to Samantha Maiden, it was a genuine leak. Not just a regular pre-budget idea float to get the nasty things out of the way early.

    Exactly. They were trying to undermine Abbott’s leadership by leaking it.

    by confessions on May 3, 2014 at 10:47 pm

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