On top of everything else, the News Limited tabloids offer a lethal Galaxy poll for Tony Abbott, showing Labor leading by 57-43 on two-party preferred and 43% to 36% on the primary vote, with the Greens on 11% and Palmer United on 3%. Bill Shorten now has a commanding 44-27 lead over Abbott as preferred prime minister. Perhaps a little superfluously, we are also told that 70% opposed the Prince Philip knighthood, with 14% of diehards in support.
UPDATE (Ipsos): The Fairfax papers report that their latest Ipsos poll has it at a more modest 54-46 based on 2013 election preferences, which becomes 56-44 on respondent-allocated preferences. On the primary vote, Labor is on 40% (up three), the Coalition is on 38% (down two). Minor party and personal ratings presumably to follow this evening. The latter should be particularly interesting, as they will provide the first straight approve-disapprove numbers for Tony Abbott since the Prince Philip folly.
UPDATE 2: Those Ipsos ratings for Abbott don’t disappoint: he’s down nine points on approval to 29%, and up ten on disapproval to 67%. Apart from the undecided rate, preferred prime minister is similar to Galaxy, with Shorten’s lead out from 47-39 to 50-34. It would seem Shorten himself is being increasingly flattered by comparison with Abbott, as his approval rating is up two to a strong 48%, with disapproval down three to 38%.