Personal hostility looms as a burden for Abbott

Personal antipathy is presenting a serious challenge for Tony Abbott, as it did for Julia Gillard over most of her term. And the problem, frankly acknowledged by the Prime Minister, compounds his party's post-budget polling blues.

As Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey fight an apparently losing battle to persuade the public of the virtues of the budget, government sources say they expect bad polls to continue for months. It’s rather reminiscent of Gillard’s Labor, when we were always being told the polls would take a long time to recover. They never did.

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