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Australia Sure Dislikes the Government it Voted for

Yet again, polling shows that Malcolm Turnbull's government is historically unpopular.

by Katherine Gillespie
09 April 2018, 12:58am


For the 30th time in a row, the Coalition has ranked below Labor as the preferred party of government. That’s according to Newspoll, which is conducted by The Australian—so you'd expect the results to lean at least a little right.

The numbers are dismal for Malcolm Turnbull’s government. Labor are ahead of the Liberals and Nationals, 52 percent to 48 percent. While Turnbull is still ahead of Bill Shorten as preferred prime minister and is leading by two percentage points. If an election were to happen right now, the Coalition would theoretically lose 14 seats.

To put this into perspective, Turnbull was able to oust Tony Abbott in 2015 on the basis of the latter reaching the same 30 Newspoll milestone. Actually, Abbott led his government for 521 straight days of Newspoll failure, while Turnbull has actually surpassed him at 564 days—and counting. It’s like rain on your wedding day, etc.

The Coalition were clearly anticipating the negative Newspoll, and ministers spent much of last week pledging their supposed allegiance to the Prime Minister. Although that hasn’t stopped pundits from whispering about a coup led by Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton.

In other words, it's business as usual in Auspol. The party no one likes is in government, and probably will be for the foreseeable future—although the future of its leader is by no means assured.

Other Newspoll tidbits: the Greens are up one percent by garnering 10 percent of the primary vote, and One Nation are holding steady at seven percent.

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