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 Morrison’s sales spin has lost its twirl

13.01.20. Those who have followed Scott Morrison’s political career would have learned that Scott is a good follower as proven operating under the leadership of then PM Tony Abbott, but a very poor leader as proven by his inaction with the continuing drought—a disaster that did not sneak up one night. With the current bushfire situation Mr Morrison continued with the same failed mantra, promise everything to everyone although completely unaware of how to deliver. But the voters are no longer fooled by sales spin and that is reflected with the “Coalition now trailing for the first time since the election, with a six-point turnaround in the two-party-preferred split to put Labor ahead 51-49.” The PM has admitted that, “In hindsight, I would not have taken that trip [to Hawaii] knowing what I know now!” It becomes clearer that Mr Morrison ignores his advisors because he knows best. A five-year-old schoolboy could have told him that regardless of family obligations the timing of that trip would surely be fodder for his detractors, including a global media ever ready to punish. And so it was and still is!

Source: Simon Benson, News Corp

Newspoll: Scott Morrison takes a hit in bushfires backlash

The poll has produced the PM’s worst numbers since he assumed the leadership in August 2018 and has put him on par with Bill Shorten at his most unpopular.
Voters have vented their anger at Scott Morrison over the handling of the bushfire crisis, with the Prime Minister’s personal approval ratings tumbling as the Coalition falls behind Labor on a two-party-preferred basis for the first time since the election.
However, the government has been largely spared the political wrath that has dogged Mr Morrison since his Hawaiian holiday in December, with primary support for the Coalition holding up.
An exclusive Newspoll conducted for The Australian shows an eight-point drop in the Prime Minister’s approval ratings since December and an 11 per cent increase in those dissatisfied with his performance.
The poll has produced the worst numbers for Mr Morrison since he assumed the leadership in August 2018 and has put him on par with Bill Shorten at his most unpopular.
They also show Labor leader Anthony Albanese moving ahead of Mr Morrison as the preferred prime minster.
The Newspoll comes as Mr Morrison on Sunday conceded he could have done things better in his response to the crisis and confirmation that he would pursue a royal commission into the ongoing fire disaster that has sparked fierce debate over climate change and the management of fire prevention strategies at a state and territory level.
Fears that the issue had severely damaged the government will be tempered.
While the Coalition’s primary vote dropped two points on the last poll to 40 per cent, it remains on par with levels recorded in early November and is higher than the Coalition’s average for the past three years prior to the election.
However, a surge in popular support for Labor — rising from a low of 33 per cent to 36 per cent in the latest poll — has the Coalition now trailing for the first time since the election, with a six-point turnaround in the two-party-preferred split to put Labor ahead 51-49.
In an interview on Sunday with ABC host David Speers, Mr Morrison acknowledged criticism of his decision to take a family holiday in early December, which he had to cut short because of the escalation in the fire disaster.
“In hindsight, I would not have taken that trip knowing what I know now,” Mr Morrison said.
“One of the great difficulties in any job, as you know, David, is balancing your work and family responsibilities. It had been a very busy year.
“I’d made a promise to my kids and we’d taken forward that break, as I explained when I came back and I thought I was very upfront about my contrition on that.
“How you do things on the ground differently, people want to see you on the ground, I understand that. That’s why I went.
“We walked into one of the most badly hit areas of NSW and I expected people would be raw and upset.
“I was prepared to go and do that because I wanted to be there and listen and hear. And I heard support and I heard fury and I’ve heard frustration, I heard fear. And that’s why I turned up. And I’ll always endeavour to turn up.”
The poll showed Mr Morrison’s approval rating fell eight points from 45 per cent to 37 per cent while those dissatisfied rose 11 points from 48 per cent to 59 per cent. The significant shift has delivered the Prime Minister a net negative rating of minus 22.
Mr Albanese’s approval ratings rose from 40 per cent to 46 per cent, with those unhappy with his performance during the bushfire crisis falling from 41 per cent to 37 per cent, giving him a net positive ratings of plus nine.
Voters have also marked down Mr Morrison in the head-to-head popularity contest, with Mr Albanese now leading Mr Morrison as the preferred prime minister — 43 per cent to 39 per cent.
It shows a nine-point fall for the Liberal leader since the last poll conducted in early December before Mr Morrison went on holiday, and a nine-point improvement for Mr Albanese.
There was little change for the other minor parties, with the Greens improving a point to 12 per cent, One Nation falling a point to 4 per cent and other minor parties dropping a point to 8 per cent.
The latest Newspoll is the first to have been conducted in January and the third to be conducted using an improved methodology.
It was conducted between January 8 and January 11 and surveyed 1505 voters.

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  • John 13/01/2020, 7:54 am

    I,m not sure the decision to go on “hols” would have been his alone. If arranged 2-4 weeks beforehand it was before the fires and reasonable but if booked while fires were on it means his collection of Canberra based inbred, insular and isolated bureaucrats made a crap decision in a awfully important focus meeting. It,s interesting though. I,m told, but not verified that when Qld was “on fire” a few weeks ago Palaszuk went on a cruise and not a word has been said. I take your point though, even if booked pre fires when it came to the point of going something should have clicked, if not from his pack of Canberra orcs then someone from the “Shire”. No wonder we are stuffed.

  • Xword 13/01/2020, 8:16 am

    No great fan of ScoMo but seriously, haven’t we had a gut full of Simon Benson’s monthly (or whatever) analysis of two-party preferred claptrap polls. Wonder if the “improved methodology” uses a different set of 1505 voters (about one in every thousand of the ones actually registered).

    • Aktosplatz 13/01/2020, 8:38 am

      We shouldn’t have polls, they are worse than useless, and are often wrong. I know for a fact, people polled are now deliberately giving misleading information.

    • MM Ed 13/01/2020, 8:48 am

      Xword, we can’t be all things to all people like ScoMo seeks to be. You may have a subscription to News Corp but so many thousands of our readers don’t and are thankful of such posts. If you want to know the truth, all of us running MM also have a gut-full of the disgraceful farce our political class have become as they arrogantly laugh in our faces with impunity because we let them! Whom are the fools we should ask!

  • Aktosplatz 13/01/2020, 8:37 am

    It’s a bit like MSM against Tony Abbott again. My mobile(unfortunately) has headlines from ABC, Fairfax ,Guardian, and even the AGE all calling Morrison out as a ‘denier’ on Climate Change.

    That’s bad but what is worse is that he seems to be folding, and he’s talking about new emissions targets again.
    That is a total waste of money and will cripple, even further,the economy.

    Carbon Dioxide is a friend in the atmosphere not an enemy.

    It will make no darned difference to bushfire control.

    • Botswana O'Hooligan 13/01/2020, 8:46 am

      The so called “climate change” and emissions or a carbon tax or whatever floats the boats at the time has brought them all undone from turnbull losing the Liberal leadership to TA to Rudd, Gillard, Rudd, turnbull again, and it will get Morrison too for deep down the electorate be they liberal or labor think it is all a nonsense.

  • Lorraine 13/01/2020, 9:20 am

    The polls and those dumb Greens went up 1% .DeNutter with his foul mouth and thinking and stupids ,give them another rise in the polls, We know the fires ,its the fuel load and the blame lies with the Greens ….MSN has not missed a beat in downing Scott Morrison, I hope he holds his ground on Climate Change crap, if he wavers he is a dead man walking for sure. The press just love to see any kind of backflip. We have the PM that beat Bill shorten, do they realize ALBO is of the far left and worse than Shorten, you say impossible…we know he is.

  • DT 13/01/2020, 9:50 am

    Delingpole – Australian climate fires are pure fake news propaganda.

    From JoNova


  • JK. 13/01/2020, 9:51 am

    Now there is talk of a royal commision on fires how bloody many do we have to have before they actually carry out the recommendations of the ones we have already had ?? the answer is there it’s stupid polititians and bloody green policies that are causing them.

    • DT 13/01/2020, 9:59 am

      The claim by the leftists is that climate change is the cause of bushfires.

      So if there is to be a Royal Commission into everything past and present to discover all the facts climate change must be investigated.

      Ask for sceptical scientists to put forward their opinions, allow the independent BoM audit team lead by scientist Jennifer Marohasy present their evidence revealing the false created warming trend and how this is done, in short question the IPCC climate change claims.

      We here know that the real IPCC objectives are about leftist politics and profiteering by fellow travellers.

      Instead of tolerating the activists and the fraudsters, confront them with the truth.

      Greens and others are already becoming nervous about the prospect of a root and branch inquiry.

    • Graham Richards 13/01/2020, 10:43 am

      It is imperative that there is an Independant Audit of the BOM & CSIRO before any Royal Commission into the bushfires.
      We’re all sick & tired of the BOM merrily running around falsifying historical data to “prove” Australia is overheating, then advocating actions to be taken based on garbage in/garbage out modelling.
      There is no sense in building policies on a foundation of BS & myth. We need Independant research & truthful facts based on real historical data & real research. I have a feeling we’ll discover another James Cook University scenario of lies & cover up a la Prof Peter Ridd!!
      This is probably the reason for Turnbull stopping the Audit put in place by Tony Abbott.

      Proper National Park maintenance must be enforced as per previous inquiries & recomendations. The Feds must enforce the recommendations to protect the National Parks & give farmers the right to manage their properties as they see fit. Current abdication by councils & regional authorities have now proved the Green “solutions” to be a total disaster.
      Are we destined to ignore history & repeat all the misguided policies only to repeat the whole scenario in 20/30 years time?

      Mr Prime Minister, history shows that the last 4 PMs have seen their asses over global warming BS. Show some leadership, dump Paris & formulate policies on facts NOT fiction!!

      • DT 13/01/2020, 10:56 am

        An independent audit of the BoM by a group of volunteers has been underway since 2013, they first reported to the Minister in 2014 which led to the blocking of an official government commissioning an independent audit when PM Abbott proposed it.

        Scientist Jennifer Marohasy is the organiser and there are reports published at JoNova.

        The audits cover;

        * Locations of automatic weather stations in or near to heat sinks.
        * Real temperature automatic recordings changed to create a warm trend.
        * BoM media releases not matching historic record data.
        * Temperature records before 1900 dismissed as unreliable.
        * more ……

  • DT 13/01/2020, 10:35 am
  • Graham Richards 13/01/2020, 5:18 pm

    Those reports never get into the public arena. The number of people who are concerned enough to follow Jo Nova & the professor is minuscule. Does the professors Independant group have a name? We all appreciate the Professor but the facts & results are brushed out by government and Paris & the UN rule as per usual. The subsidies continue, the $$ billions are still handed over to the UN.
    Those results & research must be included in any Royal Commission.
    The Commission must not be stacked with Green blob bureaucrats.
    Results must be made very public and desisions enforced, not swept under the carpet by minor officials, regional officials or councils as with the last inquiry. Clearing of fuel loads has been ignored, Green mismanagement of National parks & regulation of agriculture resulted in the current catastrophe. Fix it! Ignore history & the same result will return in in 20/30 years time.

  • Ex ADF 13/01/2020, 7:22 pm

    2 years for a Royal Commission. By then the fires will have faded in our minds. Thats exactly what the pollies want!

    • Graham Richards 13/01/2020, 7:32 pm

      Exactly Mr X! Also known as sweeping it under the carpet.
      Morrison = Turnbull #2.

      Please God ,that I am wrong!

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