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Feb 10, 2014

Newspoll: 51-49 to Labor

The first Newspoll for the year is slightly at the low end of Labor's recent average, and shows a lot of the air going out of Bill Shorten's honeymoon approval ratings.

UPDATE (Essential Research and Morgan): Essential Research is still at 50-50, although Labor has been up three points on the primary vote over the past fortnight, the most recent move being one point to 39%. The Coalition, Greens and Palmer United are steady at 43%, 8% and 3%. There are also personal ratings and further questions which you can read about at the bottom of the post. Morgan has the Labor lead narrowing from 53-47 to 52-48 on respondent-allocated preferences, and from 52.5-47.5 to 51-49 on previous election preferences. On the primary vote, the Coalition is up a point to 40.5%, Labor steady on 37%, the Greens down one to 10.5% and Palmer United up 1.5% to 4.5%.

GhostWhoVotes reports the first Newspoll for the year has Labor leading 51-49, compared with 52-48 in the final poll of last year, which was conducted from December 6-8. Labor has dropped three points on the primary vote to 35%, but the slack is taken up by the Greens, who are up three to 12%, with the Coalition up by one point to 41%. The results also support Essential Research’s finding that a good deal of air went out of Bill Shorten’s honeymoon balloon over the break, his approval rating down five points to 35%. More to follow.

UPDATE: James J in comments serves up the personal ratings, which have Tony Abbott perfectly unchanged at 40% approval and 45% disapproval, Bill Shorten respectively down nine to 35% and up eight to 35%, and preferred prime minister effectively unchanged at 41-33 in favour of Abbott, compared with 41-34 last time.

UPDATE 2: Dennis Shanahan’s report on the results for The Oz.

UPDATE 3: Questions on ABC bias produce similar results to the recent ReachTEL poll, with most considering its news “fair and balanced”, but Coalition supporters more likely to feel aggrieved than Labor ones. Eighteen per cent felt the ABC biased to Labor versus 7% biased against, which naturally enough produced a mirror image when the question was framed in terms of Coalition bias (7% biased in favour, 19% biased against). Results for the Greens were hardly different than for Labor, with 15% thinking it biased in favour, 8% biased against, and 48% balanced. Tables showing breakdowns by party support here.

UPDATE 4: Essential Research’s monthly personal ratings have both leaders heading south, with Tony Abbott down six on approval to 41% and up four on disapproval to 47%, and Bill Shorten down five to 30% and up two to 34%. Better prime minister is little changed at 40-30 in favour of Abbott, compared with 42-31 a month ago. As is usually the case when a party’s position improves in the polls, Labor has improved across the board on the question of party most trusted to handle various issues, the biggest changes being a drop in the deficit on “political leadership” from 23% to 13% and economic management from 26% to 19%. A question on various types of industry assistance finds strong support for drought relief, private health rebates and tourism development grants, but strong opposition to fuel rebates for the mining industry. Interestingly, automotive production subsidies score a net rating of minus 11%.

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Otiose
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05:27:00 13/02/2014 —- Nett_NEWS++™ http://bit.ly/1aQcqOy

Ian
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‘ Whether he actually does any good for our first peoples is another issue, but I don’t see him as the cross-burning, negro-lynching Grand-Dragon of the KKK that some people here so very badly want him to be. ‘

If those who own Abbott tell him to be so. That is exactly what he will be.

CTar1
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[but I don’t see him as the cross-burning, negro-lynching Grand-Dragon of the KKK that some people here so very badly want him to be.]

Neither do I but I think he just says ‘words’ that he thinks will get him through.

Just another thing he doesn’t give a stuff about.

absolutetwaddle
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William Bowe “I really do wonder about my readership sometimes.” It’s increasingly obvious to me the place is being overrun with conspiracy-minded lunatics. Also I really don’t ‘get’ what prettyone said that made everyone feel entitled to jump all over him/her. Fact: the noun ‘Tory’ is anachronistic in the Australian context. Fact: if Abbott really wants to close the gap – and this Labor member doesn’t entirely doubt his good intentions in this regard – then he ought to be congratulated. Whether he actually does any good for our first peoples is another issue, but I don’t see him as… Read more »
Dingbat The First
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TWICE

Dingbat The First
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TWICE

Dingbat The First
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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND ROCKED THE FUCKING HOUSE

davidwh
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Post 1865 proved I’m not a Tory … Whew 🙂

davidwh
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Only us old farts William.

imacca
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[I really do wonder about my readership sometimes.]

I’ll bet you do. I’m sure it keeps you awake at night contemplating what a lucky lucky person you are to have this jolly crew at your place. 🙂

Strong UnionsStrongCountry
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Strong UnionsStrongCountry

Hockey lied…

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Steve777
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Re 1877: that’s Labor how to vote cards.

Steve777
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I thought Prettyone was an alternate identity for Sean T. But Sean has seen the light and has abandoned the dark side for the light. For his penance he will spend the next Federal Election day in sackcloth and ashes, handing out ‘how to vote’ cards in marginal electorates.

Player One
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[ It is my understanding that Abbott was asleep in his office during the Apology. Too much red wine he claims. ] Abbot is known to have been asleep at some critical times, but not (I believe) during the apology. I think his most famous incident was during the GFC: From http://www.phonytonyabbott.com/facts/behaviour [ Tony Abbott once missed five key votes in Parliament – including the vote on the $42 billion stimulus package – because he was asleep in his office after having consumed too much alcohol.] But you’re probably remembering this one: From http://www.independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/tony-abbott-and-human-decency,5093 [ Indigenous people travelled for three… Read more »
sohar
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Prettyone says, “Let’s hope we can all meet in the middle. It’s just a few words to complete Mr Rudd’s apology, which as you know Tony Abbott has great appreciation for, this is no “stunt”. Anyway, I’ve said my piece!”

It is my understanding that Abbott was asleep in his office during the Apology. Too much red wine he claims.

Player One
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[ Player One, Have I missed something, or has Prettyone suddenly re-appeared. ]

prettyone re-appears from time to time – usually when Abbott has just done something particularly inept.

Actually, on that basis I’m surprised she/he doesn’t appear here more often.

Steve777
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Tony Abbott said the right words in his speech on ‘Closing the Gap’ this morning. We’re all waiting to see if he follows up with the right actions.

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