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Polls showing how far the Coalition has drifted from the mainstream

Coalition turns right, while the electorate shifts to the left

Peter Browne writes in Inside Story (1.12.14): ‘The mismatch between the underlying views of Coalition MPs and the reality of electoral democracy crosses almost the full range of policy areas, from financial advice to university funding.

It appears to be a problem not just for this government but also for the Coalition more generally, and particularly the Liberal Party. There’s evidence that the electorate has shifted a little to the left … and the parliamentary Liberal Party has certainly shifted to the right. The gap that’s opened up is wide enough to make it very hard for the Coalition, in its present shape, to attract an election-winning majority.’

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