Bishop stands by Turnbull after poll loss

Bishop stands by Turnbull after poll loss

Responding to the poll, Mr Abbott said being in government was hard.

"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.

Since his election, critics across the political spectrum have frequently cited the failure to end the insider-driven gamesmanship of Canberra, the capital, and the lack of clear leadership from Mr. Turnbull and his party.

"The one issue is the poll on election day and whilst Newspolls do give us some indication, we have had in the past substantial recovery in the polls come election time, so my view is there is no such thing as an unwinnable election".

Meanwhile, other results of the poll show that while Mr Turnbull is still overwhelmingly preferred as leader among Coalition voters, with 48 percent supporting him, 13 percent of Liberal voters wanted Tony Abbot back in charge.

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne, a key moderate ally of the Prime Minister, said he was "surprised that the polls are as good as they are" given the government's negative media coverage.

"The test is who retains the confidence of the majority of the members in the party room and that's Malcolm Turnbull" she told Channel Seven's Sunrise.

Citizenship Minister Alan Tudge told Q&A he wasn't impressed.

"He is delivering excellent government in Australia, the kind of traditional Howard-like government that you would expect from Malcolm Turnbull."

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Deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop said she doesn't plan on running against Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull if she is asked to.

"People are best to be honest about their ambitions", he told Melbourne radio station 3AW.

Funnily enough, I don't think Joyce was trying to be useful.

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. "Or do we want to be the country Bill Shorten's offering?"

"He sometimes says it was necessary to get rid of the democratically elected prime minister to restore cabinet government". In 87 newspolls I fell behind once.

"It's not unusual for incumbent governments in between elections being behind in the polls, I mean we're not actually that far behind, truth be told", he told ABC radio.

Then Mr Joyce - who was recently forced out of the Nationals' leadership after a public stoush with the prime minister over the fallout from his affair with a staffer - went on Sky News.

Mr Rudd wrote that both Mr Turnbull and Mr Shorten would be "long gone" if the same standards had been applied to them.

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