Turns out politicians do care about polls. They just pretended they didn’t.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has admitted what we all knew anyway – that politicians do care about the polls.
Speaking on last night’s 7.30, Mr Turnbull told Leigh Sales: “It’s like one of those things that every politician says, many politicians say: ‘We don’t look at the opinion polls. Nobody looks at opinion polls’.”
But he then blew it for all the other pollies with the blunt admission that they all actually did.
“Nobody looks at the polls with more attention than politicians,” he said.
To think they had us all fooled.
And just hours after he made the admission he would have been a very happy man, with the latest Newspoll showing Mr Turnbull has surged ahead of Labor for the first time since its first horrific and scarring budget.
The poll put the PM as the most popular prime minister in more than five years, with 55 per cent rating him as the preferred Prime Minister. The Australian writes that this is the highest rating since Julia Gillard in July 2010 and 18 points greater than Mr Abbott’s last poll two weeks ago.
The Government has consistently trailed the opposition in more than 180 opinion polls.
But today’s Newspoll shows Bill Shorten’s support is now at the lowest level for any leader in six years giving the Coalition an election-winning lead over Labor, 51 per cent to 49 per cent, after preferences.
The Coalition’s primary vote jumped five points to 44 per cent. The Newspoll shows that this is its highest level since November 2013 and only 1.6 points below the result at the last election.Labor’s primary vote fell four points to a three-month low of 35 per cent.