Looking at the minor parties shows support for the Greens was 10.5% (up 2.5%), Family First, up 0.5% to 1.5% and Independents/ Others 4% (down 3%).
On a two-party preferred basis the ALP (53%) retains an edge over the L-NP (47%) — figures barely changed from the last telephone Morgan Poll conducted on November 11/12, 2009 which showed the ALP (52%) ahead of the L-NP (48%).
Morgan does sound a cautionary note explaining that telephone polls have typically been biased towards the L-NP and more ‘responsive’ to current events. Still, when you have belted so badly in the polls for so long Liberals can be forgiven for hoping that this time things will be different.
Perhaps another encouraging sign for the Coalition is that when Malcolm Turnbull took over from Brendan Nelson back in September 2008 the Labor poll figures went up rather than down.