We all know you can’t take every opinion poll at face value.
But when you consistently lose every leadership poll — and by a factor of 18% or more — it’s a big stretch to claim that you’re popular.
Yet that’s just what Bill Shorten has done when defending queries over whether he is fit for the role of Australia’s next prime minister.
Regardless of the current chaos within the government, the Opposition Leader has continuously lagged behind both Malcolm Turnbull and Scott Morrison as preferred prime minister in Newspoll.
Shorten doesn’t trust the numbers
In the final Newspoll for the year, Labor led the Coalition by 55-45 on a two-party favoured basis, yet Mr Morrison was in front place as preferred leader with 44-36.
Mr Shorten said that he refuses to take in what the opinion polls say and that the ‘path to madness’ came from examining them so often.
He trusts that his actions of visiting schools and hospitals as well as attending town hall meetings is a greater sign of his popularity.
As reported by the Australian Associated Press, Mr Shorten said on Sky News yesterday:
‘When I’m out there with the real people of Australia, I get a good reception.
‘When you’re the Opposition Leader, you tend to only be on the nightly news for pulling up the government on a mistake so it’s inherently a negative frame.
‘You can’t make everyone happy.’
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