The Australian reports the latest fortnightly Newspoll has Labor’s two-party lead steady at 55-45. This is despite recent revelations of the Prime Minister’s expletive-laden tirade against factional bosses which emerged after the poll was conducted. Both Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull have lost two points to uncommitted on preferred prime minister, Rudd now leading 65-17. More to follow.
UPDATE: Graphic here. The poll also features questions on the carbon pollution reduction scheme. For what it’s worth, Malcolm Turnbull’s personal ratings are his best in two months.
Meantime, this week’s Essential Research survey has Labor’s lead down from 59-41 to 58-42. Further questions find support for means testing the health insurance rebate, a slight majority against the previous government’s formula for private school funding, a slight majority finding their working hours have increased in the past 12 months, a slight tendency to credit/blame the Coalition over Labor with/for the past 25 years of economic reform, and strong support for the Australian Federal Police reopening investigations into the Balibo five deaths.