From that, John Howard told the Party room that "I can win it". Well, politicians do like to talk up their underdog status, to at least appear to have a chance. In truth, he does. The polls have shown a fairly consistent % of 'uncommitted' that are not included in the poll results. Those undecided on polling day are more likely to vote for an incumbent government, than for a change. So, we can expect future polls to show a narrowing of the gap.
In terms of voter satisfaction/dissatisfaction with the leaders, the numbers stay the same.
- John Howard: 45 % Satisfied; 44% dissatisfied.
- Kevin Rudd: 65% satisfied; only 18% dissatisfied.
- John Howard: 38%
- Kevin Rudd: 48%
Meanwhile, Kevin Rudd has been cautioning his team against any displays of hubris or arrogance: Government ministers have already tried lining up to tell voters that's what's happening. The mind games continue, from both sides.
It is 5 days since John Howard talked about his team. Since then, not a single one of his press releases has mentioned the word 'team', but there have been plenty of 'I's.