Shorten on the nose
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.