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Is Abbott really as disliked as the opinion polls keep showing?

Posted by: Derryn Hinch | 13 November, 2012 - 5:16 PM
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Tony Abbott: Is he really as disliked out there in the electorate as the opinion polls keep showing?

Today’s NewsPoll in the Australian shows that only 27 per cent of voters are satisfied with his performance as Opposition Leader and a massive 63 per cent don’t like the job he is doing.

His ratings are at their worst since he became leader of the Opposition three years ago.

On the other side – Prime Minister Gillard’s dissatisfaction rating has edged up again to 51 per cent with an approval rating of only 35 per cent. It’s still a case of a pox on both your houses.

But as for the parties themselves – Labor is steady on 36 per cent, which is not good; An election-losing number. And the Coalition has edged up to 43 per cent from 41 per cent.

On a two-party preferred basis the Coalition now leads 51 per cent to 49 per cent. But that’s a dramatic improvement for the Government which was so far behind a few months ago they couldn’t even pick them up with the binoculars.

So why is this so? As Julius Sumner Miller would say: It seems the Government’s deliberate campaign to attack Abbott personally is working. The strategy of painting him relentlessly as sexist and a misogynist.

As Dennis Shanahan puts it well in The Australian today: Labor’s personal campaign against Tony Abbott is working. In one of the true ironies of modern political campaigning, a relentlessly negative and obsessive campaign is being run to portray an opponent as relentlessly negative and obsessive. Yet Abbott’s ‘character’ hasn’t changed – he’s no more sexist or old-fashioned – and he has certainly not unveiled any controversial policies of late.

Some of his advisers are saying he should take some time off. Get out of the media spotlight for a while.

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  • the dean
    i have worked in the same field and depot for 26 years.the only changes have been the owners,all foreign and ripping off aussie taxpayers,courtesy of a liberal goverment.you are right abbott is not perfect and will introduce another version of workchoices which will punnish 70% of geniune workers.its the liberal way..

    garry Friday 16 November, 2012 - 7:53 PM
  • Garry the one winge poster.
    Work choices was 5 years ago. Maybe garry is angry because his boss of 5 years finally had a way of getting rid of him. Abbott may not be perfect but at least he has morals and is prepared to answer questions about his past no matter how long ago he may or may not have punched a wall. Shame the same cant be said of the PM who's excuse for being involved with the theft of a million dollars of union funds 17 years ago was that she was " young and naive "

    The Dean Friday 16 November, 2012 - 11:05 AM
  • How could he possibly be disliked? Every day Neil, Derryn, Andrew Bolt and the Murdoch papers write love letters to him.

    mylene Friday 16 November, 2012 - 10:35 AM
  • Amazing the sympathy poor Tony is getting...... the ALP saying bad things about him. What about the Lib/Nats and the vitriol that has poured forth from their mouths regarding our PM? I call what is happening no,karma, nothing more nothing less.... you play with fire, you get burnt!

    Jo Campbell Wednesday 14 November, 2012 - 4:06 PM
  • I am a traditional Liberal voter, and have little time for the current Prime Minister, her policies or difficulties with the truth. However her best hope of victory at the next election is for the current leader of the opposition to retain his position. I have never liked Tony Abbott, and nothing the labor party has said about him recently in their typical "see a head and kick it" style has changed my mind, are we forever doomed to the negative leadership style that both Ms Gillard and Mr Abbott seem detirmined to inflict upon us

    Garry Wednesday 14 November, 2012 - 1:05 PM
  • If Tony is disliked it is because the Labor faithful believe all the bulls**t criticism and smear campaigns that are put out by its' leaders. I have never know Tony to walk any differently than he does now yet Labor are saying that he should lose the arrogant swagger. Juliar has a most awkward manner of walking but you don't hear cries of 'change the way you walk Julia' from the Lib Bench. Tony is accused of being a misogynist, rubbish he loves women but like me hates stupid, loudmouthed, sexist women in politics.

    Gloria Wednesday 14 November, 2012 - 11:20 AM

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