Despite media reports that the Abbott Government is supposedly enjoying a post Budget “poll bounce,” the actual facts paint a different story.
According to Newspoll, the Abbott Government has lost further ground to Labor in the wake of Joe Hockey’s second Federal Budget, slumping by 1 percentage point to 47 per cent while Labor gained 1 point to 53 per cent in the crucial election-deciding two party preferred stakes.
Curiously, the Newspoll survey methodology was to only ring landlines, not mobiles which tend to be favoured by younger voters, and then “adjusted the sample to reflect population distribution.”
Nevertheless, Newspoll still shows that the Abbott Government is on the nose with voters and Tony Abbott would still lose an election if it were held today.
However you’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise with headlines like this.