The latest Morgan poll is very telling.
Two-part preferred: 60.5% coalition to 39.5% labor.
Primary vote: 52.5% coalition, 27.5% labor and 10.5% watermelons.
That is extraordinary and would result in the most humiliating election ever in this country. Can all of this be blamed on the carbon tax, however? Considering the decline started after it was announced, it is a fair statement. This poll represents an overwhelming rejection of this policy by the government. No independent poll has shown majority support for the carbon tax and the government’s support is consistently slipping away.
If you ask a politician what they think of the latest poll, it will be the same, “I don’t put much stock in polls” and “there’s only one poll that counts”. Whether they believe this is another thing. However, the magnitude of the rejection of the tax and the government, and the consistency of these sorts of results, presents an inescapable truth, one that Gillard, Swan or Combet cannot deny. Australians will not accept this carbon tax not matter how hard they try to sell it. The longer they keep denying this or blaming the media, the longer they constrict our democratic system.