Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and former prime minister Tony Abbott speak during the NSW Liberal Party Futures convention at Sydney's Rosehill Racecourse last Saturday.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and former prime minister Tony Abbott speak during the NSW Liberal Party Futures convention at Sydney's Rosehill Racecourse last Saturday. DAN HIMBRECHTS

Turnbull much better value

MORE Australians believe Malcolm Turnbull has better values and credentials to lead the country than Tony Abbott.

A recent Newspoll showed nearly half of all surveyed voters wanted the former prime minister to stop commenting on the government's performance.

The survey revealed that 58% of voters think Mr Turnbull has the best values and leadership credentials while only 23% favour Mr Abbott.

One Nation voters are the only group preferring Mr Abbott's leadership qualities with 44% in support compared with 34% for Mr Turnbull.

The poll also shows that only 31% of Coalition voters support Mr Abbott being given a cabinet post compared with 41% at the same last year.

It also showed 48% of all voters want Mr Abbott to stay on the backbench but stop commenting on the government's performance.



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