This shows that sentiment about the direction in which the country is heading is negative, but less negative than last year.
The Prime Minister's approval rating has also improved with an increase in approval to 34% - two better than the vote of her party which in this sample is 32%. She is a very mild positive.
By contrast Abbott is less popular than his party, but only just. He has a positive approval of 39% while the party primary is on 40%. It's hard to get past the fact that neither of the leaders is popular and that the public are voting as much as anything else for the parties they represent. Abbott's figures have improved since June when he was scoring -17% net.
According to our sample Tony Abbott is the preferred PM, although there is no statistically significant difference between the two figures. This is a change from last year when Julia Gillard was ahead, if only by 3 percentage points.