In Australia it looks like Jess Elgood, Fairfax’s polling boss, has managed to unite the polling industry against her.
The sledging is legendary.
LEADING pollsters have lined up to condemn the overreach of Fairfaxâ€™s new polling boss, Jess Elgood, when analysing Ipsosâ€™s poll results in Mondayâ€™s Fairfax newspapers.
Ms Elgood was quoted in The Sydney Morning Herald saying: â€śThey have read the writing on the wall for Mr Abbott … It possibly Âindicates that the voters have Âalready moved on from Mr ÂAbbott.â€ť
The Ipsos poll found a three-percentage-point rise in the ÂCoalitionâ€™s two-party vote such that it trailed the Labor Party 49 to 51 per cent.
The results did not fit the Ânarrative of commentators that the Prime Ministerâ€™s poor Âperformance was damaging the governmentâ€™s standing.
Galaxy Research managing Âdirector David Briggs disputed Ms Elgoodâ€™s argument.
â€śThe idea that the surge in Âgovernment support is because voters are already factoring in ÂAbbottâ€™s potential departure doesnâ€™t make intuitive sense,â€ť he said.
Liberal Party pollster Mark Textor evoked a Monty Python theme, describing the Ipsos bossâ€™s analysis as â€śdesperately free from the ravages of quantitative Âevidenceâ€ť.