Turnbull mocked for hilariously awkward photo after poll loss

  • Turnbull mocked for hilariously awkward photo after poll loss

Turnbull mocked for hilariously awkward photo after poll loss

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's coalition government on Monday lost a 30th straight major opinion poll, a symbolic defeat that intensifies pressure on him after he used the same milestone to oust his predecessor. It's Mr Turnbull who said that 30 Newspolls is a definition of his success.

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The Newspoll showed the Government is behind Labor on a two-party preferred basis at 48 per cent to 52 per cent, under Mr Turnbull's leadership.

"There has been a lot of jawboning of AGL but perhaps it is the time for strong-arming because we just can not afford to lose Liddell", Mr Abbott told 2GB on Monday.

Asked whether he feels vindicated by Mr Turnbull's result, Mr Abbott said, "It's not about me, it's got to be about our country". "It is clear that the people have made up their mind about Mr Abbott's leadership".

"He is delivering excellent government in Australia, the kind of traditional Howard-like government that you would expect from Malcolm Turnbull."

"That's what I tried to be and to do in government and I'm sure that's what the prime minister is trying to be and to do now".

"The one issue is the poll on election day and whilst Newspolls do give us some indication, we have had in the past substantial recovery in the polls come election time, so my view is there is no such thing as an unwinnable election".

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Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton did, however, stray from the pack as he admitted he would want to be Liberal leader and prime minister.

Andrew Laming told ABC Brisbane radio there were "other reasons" the party room had been aware of at the time, while Mathias Cormann said it was not "unusual for incumbent governments ... being behind in the polls".

Mr Shorten, who received negative poll results in the area of "attributes looked for in a leader", also questioned the relevance of polls.

"People are best to be honest about their ambitions", he told Melbourne radio station 3AW.

"I don't define my success or indeed my job by what Newspoll does".

"There's 149 people in the federal parliament, I'm one. I actually think the Australian people want us to focus less on polls and personalities and a lot more on what we do for the people", he said.

"We're actually not that far behind, the truth be told, and between now and the election there is some more work to be done, of course". "Both MT&BS wld be long gone if we applied that standard now", he said.