The distaff side of politics

By The Canberra Times
Updated April 23 2018 - 10:28pm, first published November 3 2014 - 12:34pm

Even at the most politically propitious of times, Tony Abbott's personal approval ratings have never been more than adequate. Frequently as not, they have been overshadowed by his disapproval ratings. However, the Fairfax Ipsos nationwide voter survey suggests the Prime Minister's standing with voters has improved significantly in the past three months – a turnaround attributed in part to Mr Abbott's firm and decisive forays on the international stage, particularly in the wake of the downing of Malaysia Airline affairs flight MH17 over Ukraine in July. If more voters are now giving the Prime Minister's performance a tick, however, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's own approval ratings remain marginally superior. Moreover, Labor's share of the two-party preferred vote also continues to remain ahead of the Coalition's – 51 per cent versus 49 per cent – though the trajectory of the government's support is the more promising of the two.

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