PM who moved on polls pulls ahead, preferred by Labor voters
National By William PJ Kulich // 17:14, Tuesday 15 September 2015
WHEN Malcolm Turnbull announced he would challenge Tony Abbott for leadership of the Liberal party yesterday, he noted the party had lost 30 Newspolls in a row.
Above: cool: Malcolm Turnbull. Photo: William PJ Kulich.
Mr Turnbull was sworn in as prime minister this afternoon and statistics from market research company Roy Morgan Research suggest voters are happy he was.
A snap SMS poll conducted by Roy Morgan stated Mr Turnbull now leads Labor leader Bill Shorten 70-24 as preferred prime minister.
Among Liberal voters, 86 per cent support Turnbull while 7 per cent support Shorten, but the most surprising results come from polled Labor supporters.
Fifty per cent of Labor voters preferred Turnbull, while 44 per cent preferred Shorten.
Greens supporters also preferred Turnbull to Shorten, 57 per cent to 38.
Polling based on a few hours of performance is inconclusive, but new prime minister Turnbull has a good starting point.
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