Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull Loses 30th Straight Poll, Faces Leadership Pressure

30 Months Later Tony Abbott Is Demanding An Explanation For His Booting

By James Hennessy

'If you truly believe [the Newspoll] is exactly the sentiment of the people, then you also have an obligation not to drive your party, or the government, off a cliff, ' he told Sky News.

"I can assure you I have addressed it - I regret ... making the remarks about 30 Newspolls at the time but what I promised to do was to provide economic leadership and traditional cabinet government and I have done both", he said.

Despite maintaining the old adage that politicians do not pay attention to the polls, Finance Minister Mathias Cormann volunteered some analysis about the Coalition's woes.

"That's what I think we need to focus on today, being the best possible government with the strongest possible policies", Mr Abbott told reporters on his annual Pollie Pedal in Victoria.

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"I actually think the Australian people want us to focus less on polls and personalities and a lot more on what we do for the people", he said.

Education Minister Simon Birmingham said if polls were to be believed, Nick Xenophon would be South Australian premier.

Former Nationals leader Mr Joyce - who doesn't have a say on the Liberal leadership - wants to wait until after the budget to make a "fair judgment" on Mr Turnbull's position.

"It's Mr Turnbull who said 30 Newspolls is a definition of success".

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"The reality is that we've learnt from our mistakes", Shorten said.

Australia's embattled prime minister has provoked speculation about his future by notching up an unflattering achievement: the 30th consecutive month in which he has trailed the opposition Labor Party in the polls.

"It was only a couple of days ago another published news media poll showed a solid majority of voters, 62 per cent in fact, want Malcolm to stay on as the Liberal Party leader", Mr O'Dowd said.

Trotting out Howard-era poll results, Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne said John Howard managed a seven point turnaround from a 48-52 poll result after calling the 2004 election.

"The government isn't in massive trouble".

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"You can turn these things around through discipline, through hard work, through focusing on the key messages".

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