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Australian PM Abbott's tough stance on MH17 paying off, says poll

Published on Jul 29, 2014 9:07 AM
 
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaks at a press conference in Sydney on July 19, 2014. Embattled Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's forthright handling of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 appears to have paid off, a poll released on Tuesday showed, although his government has not enjoyed a similar spike in popularity. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (REUTERS) - Embattled Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's forthright handling of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 appears to have paid off, a poll released on Tuesday showed, although his government has not enjoyed a similar spike in popularity.

The Newspoll polling agency recorded a 12-point jump in Mr Abbot's net satisfaction rating in a poll conducted at the weekend to deliver his best results since April, before the handing down in May of a hugely unpopular budget.

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Australia's biggest cities to rail against the budget's changes to welfare, healthcare, education and pensions that they say go beyond the mandate Mr Abbott won in elections last year.

His approval ratings, and those of his conservative Liberal-National coalition government, slumped to record lows in the wake of the budget uproar and have remained in the doldrums despite recent policy victories, such as the repeal of the unpopular carbon tax.

 
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