Would the Libs have knifed Abbott if they knew Turnbull would poll so badly?

Appearing on the ABC’s 7.30 program with Leigh Sales, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull had to defend himself after she asked if
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Appearing on the ABC’s 7.30 program with Leigh Sales, prime minister Malcolm Turnbull had to defend himself after she asked if the Liberal Party would have knifed former PM Tony Abbott if they’d known his opinion polling would fall as dramatically as it has done before polling day.

Turnbull, who has repeatedly said he does not take interest in opinion polls or ‘navel-gazing’ has dropped 50 points since taking the leadership of the Liberal Party last year.

“All I can say is my commitment is to ensure that we are able to take advantage of these extraordinary times,” the prime minister said in response to Sales’ question about why voters were keen for him to get the job but are now seemingly disillusioned.

He went on to add that while he takes note of the polling, “I take no notice of it, truthfully” preferring to focus on his job as prime minister of Australia.

Sales also challenged the prime minister on the expressive language the Government has used throughout its campaign in describing Labor’s ‘war on jobs’ to which Turnbull said there was no exaggeration.

“They are standing in the way [of jobs] and I assume they want to do what they are doing,” Turnbull says. “I assume they are not standing i the way accidentally or out of thoughtlessness.”

It was Turnbull’s first long-form interview of the campaign and also provided an opportunity for the PM to highlight his economic management record.

Why do you think Malcolm Turnbull is polling badly in the lead up to the election? Has the Government shown ‘good economic management’ since Turnbull became prime minister?

    • Lewis Furner  

      The liberals make an announcement then find it is not popular with the voters so they quickly backtrack and as Turnbull is PM it reflects badly on him. They need to have the courage to stick to their original decisions in a lot of cases and educate the voters, a case in point being talk of raising the GST. If they had done it early enough and sold their decision properly the economy would be in a far better shape and the voters would accept it, unfortunately all they seem to think about is whether they will still have a job after the election.

    • jimbert  

      Nothing here for panama papers he said jusat old news and he was only the managing director but knew nothing of it.
      gimme a break so we seem to have 2 choices either we go billionair tax evaders or union thugs. Seems the union thugs will at least watch out for the common folk whilst turnbul will oversee the surf class. It seems the no brainer

  1. Pamela Skipper  

    Mr Turnball is too stubborn to listen to the Australian people and needs to wake up before the Party dumps him…….Listen is not to hard is it Mr Turnball

  2. Neta Williams  

    The arrogance of the man. So he does not care what the people he is supposed to govern and do it fairly think of him.

  3. Brian Lee  

    I think he has a long way to go down before he reaches the same level as Abbott, and I’m not surprised he is fairing badly in the polls. He is doing what HAS to be done, whether he likes it or not – this country is in a very bad way financially at the moment and I don’t care who the leader is, if tough action isn’t taken, things will never be put right. The bloke hasn’t really had time to turn things round as yet, so I say give him a chance, and the time, to get things right again. I am not particularly a Liberal supporter or a Labor one, but common sense tells me whoever is in power after July, they won’t have much choice as to what needs to be done!

    • Mareela  

      Brian Australia is not in a bad way. We have one of the lowest debts in the OECD. Because the LNP constantly repeat the lie of having a serious deficit unfortunately Australians believe it. We sure have a revenue problem thanks to the LNP. If they continue to reign in spending we will no doubt go into recession. The government needs to spend on infrastructure and get people into jobs. Working people believe it or not spend their money because they have to, to survive. Employers only spend money to make more profit for themselves and shareholders – no money into the economy and yet the LNP want to reduce corporate tax which will not increase employment. It has been proved time and time again by countries in the OECD. America’s corporate tax is 39% and there are 8 other countries with higher corporate tax rates than Austrslia. Austerity doesn’t work. Look at Greece. The Australian government should be looking after its people and it’s not. The LNP is looking after big business and the top end of town. If you can’t see this then it is very sad.

    • Suzy  

      TURNBULL doesn’t have any policies, some get leaked the people are in uproar then he changes his mind, this is why most people do not like him. Make the hard decisions to encourage growth, but all I can see is more welfare. I am still waiting on his policies that will encourage growth waiting waiting waiting.
      Believe it or not their are jobs out their but we are not making people take them.
      Give subsides to new business to get off the ground that employ people subsidise our farmers to keep them productive in the future food will be a rarity stop selling the farm for short term gain,,,,stop selling australia

  4. Maureen O'Brien-Stone  

    People need to realise that poles and the media in Australia are not objective. Piles are funded and a desired outcome is pre-determined. The media want sensationalism at any cost. I used to like Leigh Sales but these days she has forgotte why God gave us 2 ears and 1 mouth !

    • Janeen  

      Try ‘polls’……& why ‘piles’?
      Don’t you read your comments b4 posting to check for errors?
      Not difficult to do, really.

      • Newton Hill  

        Yes, annoying I know but the point has been made and agreed upon although not published. The public is crying out for an alternative, “Turnbull, who has repeatedly said he does not take interest in opinion polls or ‘navel-gazing’ has dropped 50 points since taking the leadership of the Liberal Party last year.”
        Obviously, he thinks we are idiots and are taking him on face value because he has the gift of the gab and a ‘radio’ voice.
        “It was Turnbull’s first long-form interview of the campaign and also provided an opportunity for the PM to highlight his economic management record.”
        He hasn’t. The status quo is maintained. Labor is at fault because of what THEY did. (How many years ago?) Its the same song and the majors love it because one or the other will take office.
        Alternative government through a minority interest can be achieved. A government that REFLECTS the people’s interest NOT their own, can be elected but the desire must be there. So far the country seems to pick between two parties. There are more. Watch this space.

  5. colin  

    I agree in part with Brian, the country is in poor financial shape especially after three years of LNP where the deficit has ballooned out threefold. But he says umm and ahh too many times indicating he has no idea what he is saying, the LNP think the public are still gullible enough to believe in slogans with nothing to back them up which if they get control of the senate will be work choices. They and a lot of others still don’t realise the senate is a house of review and should be diligent and even obstructionist.

    • Marion Wilson  

      You think that the country is in a poor financial state because Coalition politicians have been saying so ever since 2007. You forget that during the Rudd/Gillard years Australia got a triple A Credit Rating that John Howard who the Liberals have touted and a great economic manager couldn’t get and not even Abbott and Hockey and Turnbull have managed to lose it, though they’ve tried mightily. The Coalition talked down the economy when it was in fine condition, they did their utmost to undermine investment and when they got in they doubled the deficit and tried to blame Labor for it but Australia retains it’s triple A credit rating in spite of all the efforts of the Coalition to increase taxes for people and reduce taxes for rentseekers.

  6. [email protected]  

    Should have been in before Abbot in the first place , besides we don’t vote for the man we vote for the MAN we vote for the PARTY

  7. I think the Government is to busy rubbishing Labour instead of publishing their own policies. Labour has a more polished approach. The Government is only now starting to get the idea and Shorten seams to be enjoying himself.

  8. John Brants  

    How many ” commonfolk ” understand/appreciate “Mr. Harbourside mansion ” speak?

  9. George J.  

    Lib idiots got rid of a very GOOD man!
    Tony Abbott is a far superior character to Turnbull, who has come from, & is in, a ‘silver spoon’ background, & life.

    He hasn’t a clue how to relate to the ‘man & woman in the street’, because he only deals with rich, toffee-nosed, uppity wealthy society.

    He’ll lose this Election to labor, & this Country will go down the gurgler, very rapidly, in every way, especially financially.

  10. Lewis Furner  

    Lewis Furner 9 Jun
    The liberals make an announcement then find it is not popular with the voters so they quickly backtrack and as Turnbull is PM it reflects badly on him. They need to have the courage to stick to their original decisions in a lot of cases and educate the voters, a case in point being talk of raising the GST. If they had done it early enough and sold their decision properly the economy would be in a far better shape and the voters would accept it, unfortunately all they seem to think about is whether they will still have a job after the election.

  11. facebook_nancy.brenton.75  

    I agree with Brian Lee – give the man a go. The country will never get out of the mess if we keep changing leaders. People always want something for nothing. Wasn’t too happy to read the Pollies are getting a 2-1/2 % pay rise. How about that is dropped until the Country is in better shape – I’m sure they’ll still have enough to have a nice holiday – both Labour and Liberal. I think Mr Turnbull is suffering from the tall poppy syndrome because he and wife have been very fortunate with their investments – people always dislike anyone who does well.

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