Julia Gillard faces her toughest critics – the voters. Picture: Ray Strange Source: The Daily Telegraph
- More than 92 per cent of readers want early election
- Overwhelming result comes amid Labor turmoil
- Scroll down to see the full results below
How do we know that? You told us.
We asked you the question: Do you support an early election? And your message was clear: You want Julia Gillard to lead us back to the polls.
In an overwhelming result across the entire News Limited Network, 92 per cent of Australian readers say they want an early election.
Scroll down to see the full results below
After months of turmoil – a leadership challenge, the Craig Thomson affair, the Peter Slipper affair and now Clive Palmer’s Titanic foray into politics – it seems you want to step in sort out Labor’s troubles. At the polls.
Mr Palmer, in announcing his intention to challenge Treasurer Wayne Swan in his federal seat of Lilley, demanded the PM “end Australia’s misery under her unpopular minority government”.
Herald Sun readers were most in favour of an early election at nearly 95 per cent, while the most Gillard-friendly response came from AdelaideNow readers, where 89.54 per cent want to see a return to the polls.
Just to make that clear: the result most in favour of the Labor Government still tallied 9 in 10 against them.
Ms Gillard scored a resounding victory over Kevin Rudd in February’s leadership spill, but has courted defeat at every turn since.
Yesterday, after weeks of damaging stories, she announced former Health Services Union secretary Thomson would quit the ALP and sit in Parliament as an independent.
The Prime Minister also said the man she made Speaker would continue to stand aside until claims of sexual harassment by him were resolved.
Constant back-and-forth with Independent MP Andrew Wilkie hasn’t helped, nor has Tony Abbott’s ever-present catch-cry of “early election”.
Now Ms Gillard faces her greatest challenge: the public. And if your 37,709 votes have laid down any sort of marker, it’s this: the PM’s got more icebergs to dodge than Palmer’s Titanic II.
Results: Yes – 92.126%; No – 7.874%
- Herald Sun – 94.8 to 5.2;
- AdelaideNow – 89.54 to 10.46;
- Courier Mail – 93.6 to 6.4;
- News.com.au – 89.79 to 10.21;
- Daily Telegraph – 92.9 to 7.1
– with National Political Editor Malcolm Farr