That’s the percentage of people polled by Newspoll who picked the slightly embattled Opposition Leader Brendan Nelson as their preferred PM, down from 11% in the previous Newspoll. The sentiment surrounding the apology last week may have in part contributed to this decline (I’m not sure when the poll was conducted exactly, but it could easily have been over the weekend), but all in all worrying news for the Coalition.

Right now I am willing to say that I would not be at all surprised if Nelson didn’t see out the year and still hold his position. With the overwhelming sea of dissatisfaction at his response to Kevin Rudd’s apology from various angles, these are testing months ahead as he reacts to these numbers.


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