Newspoll: 51-49 to Coalition

Further improvement in Scott Morrison’s personal ratings, but otherwise little change in the latest Newspoll.

Courtesy of The Australian, Newspoll has the Coalition leading 51-49 on two-party preferred, unchanged on three weeks ago, from primary votes of Coalition 43% (steady), Labor 36% (up one), Greens 11% (steady) and One Nation 2% (down one, and their weakest result since at least the 2019 election). Scott Morrison is up two on approval to 66% and down two on disapproval to 30%, while Anthony Albanese is up one to 44% and up two to 41%, with Morrison’s lead as preferred prime minister out from 58-29 to 60-28. The poll was conducted Wednesday to Saturday from a sample of 1511.

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William Bowe is a Perth-based election analyst and occasional teacher of political science. His blog, The Poll Bludger, has existed in one form or another since 2004, and is one of the most heavily trafficked websites on Australian politics.

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  1. Not to mention the other RWNJ proclivity of not being able to keep it in your pants, even during a pandemic:

    Berlin: A key political ally of right-wing Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has resigned after attending what local media outlets described as a “sex party” in the Belgian capital of Brussels on Friday night.

    József Szájer, a founding member of Orbán’s Fidesz party and a member of the European Parliament, confirmed in a statement on Tuesday that he “was present” at a “private party in Brussels on Friday.”

    Plus being absolute freaking hypocrites about drugs:

    In a statement sent by a spokesman for the centre-right political group in the European Parliament, Szájer denied reports that he had consumed drugs at the party, even though he confirmed that authorities said they found ecstasy. Prosecutors said they found narcotics in the backpack of an attendee whom they identified with Szájer’s initials and year of birth.

    I bet he touted himself as a committed Christian and controller of what females do with their bodies.

  2. Melbourne has admitted a job advertisement seeking three or four people for an 11-month unpaid role in its football department was “poorly-worded”.

    The Demons sparked an uproar with their attempt to find volunteers to work in their Football Technology Pathway Progam from December 2020 to October 2021 with contact hours varying from 10-25 hours per week.

    “An exciting opportunity has become available for 3-4 individuals to volunteer within the club’s football department for the 2021 season,” the advertisement read.

    “Reporting to the football analysis team, the successful individuals will contribute to a broad range of areas within all four of our teams in the AFL, VFL, AFLW and VFLW.

    “This program would best suit students or graduates from either an exercise and sports science, information technology, statistical and multimedia background, who have a strong interest and understanding of AFL football.”

    The advertisement was circulated on social media on Tuesday and drew an angry reaction.

    “Hey Melbourne – don’t do this,” sports journo Paige Cardona wrote. “Do not ask people to work for you for free for 10-25 hours per week in your football department. That is disgusting.”

    “Mind-blowing any professional organisation could try and get away with this,” added the AAP’s Oliver Caffrey.

  3. Awkward…

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr said Tuesday the Justice Department has not uncovered evidence of widespread voter fraud that would change the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.

    His comments come despite President Donald Trump’s repeated claims that the election was stolen, and his refusal to concede his loss to President-Elect Joe Biden.

    In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr said U.S. attorneys and FBI agents have been working to follow up specific complaints and information they’ve received, but they’ve uncovered no evidence that would change the outcome of the election.

  4. sprocket_,
    If Trump and the Republicans tried that, they would be doing so BEFORE the Georgia Senate Run-Off elections. Do they really want to do that for Trump?


    … so a PRC/ CCP Foreign Ministry official takes to Twitter, after Photoshop by a ‘Wolf Warrior’ artist. I guess the inept PM has never read BK’s Dawn Patrol with cartoons on PB then?
    After the AUDoD has investigated for years and recently reported on conduct during the GWOT, especially in Afghanistan, even if the AFP instead got focused on chasing journos, and the DPP on whistleblowers, if since re-tasked.
    So have international observers or experts been brought in? (One thing the likes of the PRC wouldn’t do …)
    Wouldn’t be surprised at all if Australia would be taken to the ICJ, or individuals to the ICC, should there be a whitewash onshore.
    Inept PM engages, doesn’t haul in the ambassador, engages not with the minister/ PM/ Prez, demands an apology in the media, besides a take down, the or else … social media through WeChat? Ah well, censors should have no trouble blocking …
    More FoN?
    Start testing hypersonic missiles.
    Inking trade agreements (fights at the WTO).
    And in the midst of Wuflu/ health crisis, climate crisis, societal inequality/ inequity/ economy, power shift … all of a sudden a VC goes through for 1942 sacrificial heroism on HMAS Armidale? Something to shine up that AWM – Frontier Wars, Boer War … – extension.
    The denials, delay, distraction never stopped?
    Any more than snoozing, skiving off, bumbling and stumbling …, be it modelling BoJo on Brexit, or TDJT on the 2020 American Election.
    At least amongst all that the Comms … Arts Minister finds time to question the ABC for embarrassing family values before the camera if not away from the camera Conservatives?
    You know it makes sense … Hey $houty, instead of broadcasting and product push, how about trying sense and respond?

  6. Sprocket
    If, at the joint sitting to count the electoral college votes a representative and a senator object in writing to a state’s votes, the joint sitting is immediately suspended for 2 hours while each house debates and votes. The procedure is laid down in federal law. The votes are rejected only if both houses vote for their rejection. With a Democrat majority in the house this is unlikely to happen. It would be a pointless exercise.

    Several reps tried to reject Florida’s votes in 2001 but they did not get a supporting Senator

  7. Good morning Dawn Patrollers

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  8. KayJay @ #894 Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 – 11:36 pm

    Sometime different buttons pop up which I will try to capture – maybe tomorrow – which look like the standard edit –

    Yeah, about that; the blog’s new editing plugin is somewhat aggressive about how it tries to add its editing UI to the page. C+ tries to suppress the plugin’s UI (since it provides its own), but isn’t always successful.

    So…minor known issue on that one.

    Edit: works fine here.

  9. Sorry did not work. Tried again.

    After disabling C+ by going to the extensions and switching C+ off I was able to edit by clicking on “editable” which then brings down a window and clicking “OK” then the page closes and reopens and I had an edit button. “Whew”

  10. ‘Paul Bongiorno examines the many questionable things done by Morrison in the name of expedient politics. He chronicles quite a lot.’
    If average punters read this it’d probably bump Scrunter’s approval up another 5 notches.

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