Newspoll now has Abbott ahead of Shorten 41-37 as better PM. Michelle Grattan says that back in February Shorten had an 18 point lead.
In terms of performance approval Abbott has also edged ahead for the first time in 14 months, though both are in clear negative territory. Abbott is on -15 to Shorten’s -18.
By contrast when Galaxy asked Queensland voters “Are you satisfied or dissatisfied with the way Annastacia Palaszczuk is doing her job as Premier?” 59% were satisfied and 27% dissatisfied, giving her a net performance approval rating of +32.
Labor is now ahead in Queensland 52-48 TPP. More here at the ABC. The disgraceful partisanship of the Courier Mail continued. They managed to fashion a negative headline out of the story. 52-48 seems pretty good to me.
At the national level Morgan declared the ‘Budget bounce’ over as there poll moved Labor up two points to 53-47 TPP. Newspoll shifted from 53-47 to 52-48. That makes 24 consecutive Newspolls with a Labor lead, but courtesy of the Greens being stronger than they were at the election.
Essential has the parties steady on a 52-48 Labor lead.
The Oz was suggesting that overall the first budget damage to Abbott is now almost repaired. Be that as it may, the party seems to be happy with where they are. Some have suggested that the Cabinet leaks on the citizenship matter have leadership implications, but no-one in the ranks seems to be stirring the leadership pot. Stripping citizenship and same-sex marriage are occupying the political mind.