Using LOESS to take some of the noise out, the individual polling houses tell a story of a two to four week honeymoon, followed by a decline in two party preferred (TPP) voting intention for the ALP. (Note: with only two data points, I do not calculate a LOESS for Nielsen).
Collectively, the 30 day LOESS picture is as follows:
Caveats: the LOESS technique can be overly influenced by outlier data points at the end of the series. Today's endpoint is probably overly influenced by the last ReachTEL poll. It may also be overly influenced by the Morgan collapse, which at 3.5 percentage points (peak to trough) is almost double the next house at 2 percentage points.
Turning to the aggregation, we have:
Caveat: The zero line in the house effects chart is the average bias across the six polling houses I am tracking. You will need to come to your own view about where the actual level of systemic bias across the polls actually lies. At the 2010 Election (with a different set of pollsters), the population voting intention was about one percentage point more in the Coalition's favour than the pollster average (see here).
Because I have a soft spot for the grand old dames of Australian opinion polling, the Nielsen and Newspoll only (non-linear) aggregation follows ...
I will do another post tonight, after I have digested the Essential poll. (Update: perhaps Tuesday evening, as the data does not appear to have been released on Monday)
Newspoll in full
Around the web
Kevin Bonham has written a pretty good field guide to Australian opinion pollsters.
The ABC has an amusing vote compass thing.
Simon Jackman's tracking of betting markets suggests that last night's debate was not a game changer. For the three markets Simon tracks, things were essentially unchanged following the debate on the evening of 11 August.
Australian Political Betting, argues that while Labor won the debate with the pollsters, the Coalition won with the punters. To be fair, while more bookies moved in the Coalition's favour, there was not much movement. I suspect a bit of money come on following the debate, which has closed the field a little (the implied probabilities were all much closer following the debate).
Ben Raue has completed his seat-by-seat guide to the House of Representatives.