They have their brief day in the sun, and then they fall. Malcolm Turnbull was loved by both the Big End of Town as well as the chattering class. He was not only pro-Big Business, but also championed politically correct causes such as the Republic, the Aboriginal Constitutional recognition, and same-sex marriage.
However, the latest Newspoll (The Australian, September 27, 2016, p. 1) not only shows the incompetent Labor Party racing ahead at 52 to 48 percent in two-party preferred terms, but Turnbull’s ship sinking. Abbott in the final Newspoll before his replacement by Turnbull had a satisfaction rating of 30 percent, but Turnbull’s satisfaction rating is now at 32 percent. Before Abbott’s fall the Coalition’s primary vote was 39 percent, and today is 38 percent. Clearly the Coalition and Turnbull are “on the nose,” but what else is new.