When he challenged Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull said:
“The one thing that is clear about our current situation is the trajectory,” he stated in the Senate Courtyard announcing his audacious move. “We have lost 30 Newspolls in a row. It is clear that the people have made up their mind about Mr Abbott’s leadership.”
The Dark Lord of 30 Newspolls
And now today The Age reports that
“Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has ceded the Coalition’s lead in an opinion poll for the first time since the leadership coup, when he said Tony Abbott’s poor performance in the same survey justified the change.”
Newspoll, published by News Corp late on Monday night, had the Labor party leading the Coalition 51-49 on a two-party preferred basis. Mr Turnbull’s personal ratings were down four points, while Labor leader Bill Shorten’s by improved six points, which is outside the margin of error.
So now the quote should read:
“We have lost our first Newspoll. It is clear that the people are changing their mind about Mr Turnbull ‘s leadership.”
One government MP who did not want to be named told Fairfax Media the ratings showed Mr Turnbull needed to abandon his dithering and “start doing something”.
Exit poll? Barnaby Joyce waves goodbye to Malcolm Turnbull
The problem is that people don’t simply abandon dithering the way you abandon an old pair of shoes. Dither is a personality trait, like indecision, and it’s really hard to unlearn.
And overnight, Kevin Andrews is reconsidering his position.