So we’re feeling a bit nostalgic?
According to a new Galaxy Poll, John Howard, the man who lost the 2007 election so badly his own seat abandoned him, is overwhelmingly our most popular PM of the past 25 years.
It may have something to do with the fact gun control has been in the news a lot lately and John Howard’s reforms in that area still enjoy incredibly broad support in this country.
Perhaps it’s that Workchoices, the policy that killed him off, has been largely undone and we’ve all forgotten about it. It could be we dumped him before the GFC hit. Or maybe it’s just a reflection of the unpopularity of the current Government.
According to News.com.au:
Mr Howard was considered by 35 per cent of just over 1000 people polled by Galaxy as Australia’s best leader of a generation.
Just five per cent felt the same about Ms Gillard whose support from Labor voters asked who they believed had been Australia’s best prime minister in the past 25 years was almost identical to Mr Howard’s.
Of those polled, 11 per cent of Labor supporters rated Ms Gillard as the best prime minister while ten per cent of Labor voters said Mr Howard was their top pick.
Ms Gillard was outshone by the man she deposed, Kevin Rudd, who scored 16 per cent. Bob Hawke was next on 15 per cent.
It’s too late for Lazarus to have a fourth by-pass, so the results of this poll could also be a bit of national shit-stirring.
Did you always love Howard? Did you hate but now think .... hmmm, maybe things weren’t that bad? Just how bad is this news for Gillard?
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