Turnbull government is losing popularity: Which PM would you prefer?

Proposed changes to the GST, Aged Pensions and Medicare have seen the Turnbull government lose popularity amongst voters in recent
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Proposed changes to the GST, Aged Pensions and Medicare have seen the Turnbull government lose popularity amongst voters in recent weeks. What’s your take though?

According to the latest political poll conducted by Fairfax, support for the Coalition has reached its lowest levels since 2013’s federal election.

On a two-party preferred basis, the Coalition lost four points. This means 52% of voters still prefer the Coalition, but Labor is gaining traction at 48%.

Interestingly, personal support for Malcolm Turnbull remains high. Voters prefer Mr Turnbull to Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, at a rate of 2:1.

Whilst there have been rumours of an early election, only 22% of everyday Australians would support a return to the polls – before Mr Turnbull’s first term is complete.

Public opinion is divided about these poll results. One Facebook user wrote, the “honeymoon is over” for the Coalition.

Whilst on the other hand, someone added: “The quietly spoken PM. (Mr Turnbull) is a doer, an achiever and a man of personal integrity”.

Have your say below: Which party will you vote for in the next election?

Has the Turnbull government lost its shine? Is the honeymoon period over?

  1. The one that’s voted for by the people of Australia, not one that sneaks in the back door

  2. The one that’s voted for by the people of Australia, not one that sneaks in the back door

  3. It is not Turnbull’s popularity that counts, it is 2 party preferred vote, that matters and the ALP is not trailing that far behind, they are in election mode now and starting to catch up. People are starting to listen and they not liking what they hear. I am not voting for PM, I am voting for the best candidate for my electorate and the party

    • Scareas me to death I wonder, if Labor got in the amount of debt we will have

      • Jan  

        David it couldn’t be any worse than what the LNP have racked up in 21/2 years! The LNP can’t even pass a budget. I want a Party and PM who governs for ALL Australians not just high income earners and Corporations.

    • David Unwin
      It couldn’t be worse than what the libs have already put us in.
      They have more than doubled the debt in less than three years to what labor did in 7 years.

    • David Unwin you need to pay more attention, The Liberals have doubled the deficit and besides a lot of rorting from them and 2700 new refugees coming here this year that we have to pay for..what have we got to show for it? At least the ALP got us through the GFC unscathed and got us the AAA rating

    • Well said Libbi, unfortunately there are many people who vote the way their parents and their parents before them voted. Very sad indeed!

  4. It is not Turnbull’s popularity that counts, it is 2 party preferred vote, that matters and the ALP is not trailing that far behind, they are in election mode now and starting to catch up. People are starting to listen and they not liking what they hear. I am not voting for PM, I am voting for the best candidate for my electorate and the party

    • David Unwin
      It couldn’t be worse than what the libs have already put us in.
      They have more than doubled the debt in less than three years to what labor did in 7 years.

    • David Unwin you need to pay more attention, The Liberals have doubled the deficit and besides a lot of rorting from them and 2700 new refugees coming here this year that we have to pay for..what have we got to show for it? At least the ALP got us through the GFC unscathed and got us the AAA rating

    • Well said Libbi, unfortunately there are many people who vote the way their parents and their parents before them voted. Very sad indeed!

    • Chris Whitehead It does come to something when an old man who has shunned this country, thinks he can rule it from outside.

    • Murdoch gave his Australian citizenship up he thought so much of us but still he tries to control us..screw you Rupert

    • David Unwin not only have this mob doubled our debt, we have absolutely nothing to show for it. Zip, zilch, zero. And nothing planned that I’ve heard of, just more asset selling and cuts

    • David Unwin for a start, smart countries can run with deficits and still have employment, welfare etc. secondly, the LNP has trebled the debt. Where has all the money gone? Certainly not to benefit Australia, or Australians.

    • Doug Evans  

      Poor Labor party supporters. They do NOT understand economics. Debt doesn’t happen overnight. What has occurred is that all those rubbish labor party handouts and stuff ups are now flowing through the system and because of labor’s debt accumulation, we are paying more and more interest.

    • Close polls are good but please people if you did the same numbers of poll in the regions they would be a different story, living in the region area, i would put it at 50/50. also city people do not think that everyone in the region vote conservative. The National have really not done much for us only lip service. My area the fact’s what is missing 1 train a day for 80.000 so for major health we have to drive 400k’s there and back in a day. We have anew hospital build next to a swamp across the road from the tip. Most importantly the sitting Member of Health her electrote the seat of Farrer, live close to this hospital is like 10 k’s and in her electrote on the darling mega health Problem of staffy and the only suggestion from the doctor’s as people antibiotic’s no long working, you need clean water now, but it is quite likely from Broken Hill to Wentworth, the many family’s will have to leave when the dregg’s have gone. So it is not about just the big city’s. Here we need a help to change the safe seat, you can help your country folk by liking this post and shareing. the country people will but a bit more help from the city will help and change

    • Libbi, we have better governments if people understood this concept, because voters would not be focused on leaders rather policies and the person that will represent us in Canberra.

    • David Unwin If you look at the history, most Federal gov.s have run a deficit. And also, if you look at history, it has been Liberal gov.s who have depleted our assets, and what have we to show for it? For Labor gov.s infrastructure programmes, see “Sydney Opera House”, “Sydney Harbour Bridge”, “Snowy River Scheme”.

    • Victoria Alexandra D’Arienzo not this voter. But you are absolutely right. Why country people vote National never ceases to amaze me. They do absolutely nothing for anyone. If they formed a coalition with Labor they would be more effective.

    • I disagree, Gale Ogle McCluer, If you vote for the person you like in your electorate, and they are affiliated with a particular political party, whose Leader and policies, you consider are bringing down the Country, they will have to abide by those policies and follow that Leader’s directives, or else they will be booted out of the Party. Even if you vote for a Independent, or someone in a smaller Party, they can’t rule in their own right, so will give their preferences to one of the mayor Parties. Same thing happens in NZ, and some NZer’s wonder why National’s John Key, gets voted in each time. John Key is NZ’s least liked Leader, and people say, how did he get in again, I didn’t vote for him…..but they did, if they voted for anyone affiliated with him, or to a Party, which gave him their preferences, because they don’t have the numbers to rule in their own right. The National Party have sold off NZ’s assets, which makes their bottom line look good, but is it going to benefit the people of NZ? National have taken benefits off the poor, that were in place when they themselves were able to use them when required in their formative years. John Key himself benefited, as he and his family seemed to have it tough when he was growing up. You would think that someone like that would have more empathy for people in the same position today, when families find it even harder to make ends meet, but No, he is just an arrogant, self-opinuated p…..erson, who acts and speaks inappropriately most of the time.

    • Wendy Dunn In Australia we have had 4 P.M.s, [or5, if you count the same one twice] in 8 years. So voting for the party seems to be the way to go.

    • Good for you some people seem to think it’s a charisma competition and no nothing about the party policies.

    • Maya Richardson I didn’t think I would have to spell policy out, only a fool votes for policy they don’t like and I don’t like the Liberal Policy of hurt to poor to the advantage of the rich but thanks for giving a chance to reply

    • Danny Debbie Holland I guess you can’t accept that people are disillusioned with the LNP and their lies

  5. Mayo is a very safe Liberal seat. The majority will still vote for Jamie Briggs, or whatever Liberal candidate stands. My vote therefore is totally irrelevant. However, on principle, I will vote for any candidate that Nick Xenophon’s group puts forward. Xenophon is the only politician I know who has a shred of integrity.

    • I am in Grey and was previously in Boothby I just go through the motions when I vote both are safe Liberal seats. I will certainly look to Xenophon in the senate but last time he put forward other candidates I found it difficult to find out anything about them. The Party site had almost nothing about them I need to know something about them before I’d vote for them.

    • Barbara Easthope
      Get on to Nick’s site or send him an email.
      He’s very accommadating and will try and fix any problems that you are having getting information.

    • sorry about Brigg ‘sAileen, you got a lemon there but Xenophon is a decent man, you are lucky to have him in your electorate to vote for

    • I doubt it Elizabeth, he may not give his preferences to anyone but he has not been very obliging to the Liberals in the Senate with all these cuts, still it would be worth checking out

    • Elizabeth Mcmahon I always vote below the line and select my own preference. It doesn’t matter who they direct preferences to if you pick your own. It would make it easier though if preferential voting above the line was allowed when there are around 100 candidates below the line in the Senate.

    • Jan  

      Aiken May you will find Nick Xenophon is aligned with the LNP and now he’s starting his own Party will give his preferences to the LNP. Just check where his preferences go before you vote. But of course if you want to vote the LNP back in just keep voting for Zenophon. He really is like all politicians only interested in his own career.

  6. After yesterday, I’m reluctant to comment on this subject today, I will just say I will never vote for any party that makes life impossible for the vulnerable.

  7. I rarely pay much attention to the party leader unless they appear to be an absolute no hoper. Bill Shorten comes across as some what boring, not disastrous like Tony Abbott was. Malcolm Turnbull certainly has more personality but the deputy PM would be Barnaby Joyce, Ministerial behaviour by many has been poor. Some of the “thought bubbles” the Liberals have voiced would impact seniors detrimentally. I’ll vote Labor in the lower house and put them high but not first on my Senate paper.

    • Rise up Australia is starting to look okay but they won’t say to whom their preferences will be going just yet.

    • Jan Edwards I’ve looked at some of these parties but it is difficult to get a real handle on them as they seem to only talk up one or two policies or ideas and are unclear on the multitude of issues out there. You can always number all the boxes and direct your preferences were you like rather than go with the parties choice.

    • Yes..It’s hard to know what direction to take. I will never vote for Liberal until Turnbull is out.

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