Shorten on the nose

The Sunday Times - - News - AN­NIKA SMETHURST

BILL Shorten’s per­sonal pop­u­lar­ity has slumped in three key by-elec­tion seats af­ter he was forced to back­flip on his “cap­tain’s call” to scale back com­pany tax cuts.

With less than three weeks to the Su­per Sat­ur­day by-elec­tions, leaked Lib­eral Party polling shows Mr Shorten recorded a net favoura­bil­ity rat­ing of mi­nus 45 in the cru­cial Tas­ma­nian seat of Brad­don — his low­est re­sult since the cam­paign be­gan.

The Lib­eral Party has been buoyed by the lat­est poll re­sult, taken in the past week af­ter Mr Shorten suc­cumbed to party pres­sure and backed down on his prom­ise to re­verse tax cuts for medium-sized busi­nesses.

The in­ter­nal polling asked re­spon­dents if they had a favourable or un­favourable im­pres­sion of the La­bor leader.

In the ul­tra-mar­ginal seat of Long­man, poll­sters found Mr Shorten’s net favoura­bil­ity, which is his pos­i­tive rat­ings mi­nus his neg­a­tive rat­ings, was mi­nus 27.

Mr Shorten recorded his worst per­sonal re­sult in the South Aus­tralian seat of Mayo, in the Ade­laide Hills, among young fe­male vot­ers.

In that de­mo­graphic — women aged un­der 35 — his favoura­bil­ity rat­ing plum­meted to mi­nus 77.

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