Saga of PM leadership continues

INITIAL polls suggest voters like Malcolm Turnbull as the new Prime Minister and now it seems like a neck and neck race between the Coalition and Labor for the next election.

The Canning by-election this weekend will be a further litmus test, but the early signs look promising for the coalition.

But there is a full 12 months to the next poll and that gives Tony Abbott and his supporters plenty of time to snipe from the sidelines.

It also appears Mr Turnbull has promised a few things to shore up his vote in the party room.

He's previously been fairly scathing of his own party's policy of direct action to reduce climate change and now he seems to be moderately supportive.

He's also squibbing a little on same sex marriage, preferring to keep going with some form of plebiscite rather than a conscience vote in parliament by MPs.

It's amazing how much the Liberal leadership spill echoes that of the disastrous Rudd-Gillard-Rudd revolving PM saga.

Labor proved disunity is death and I can already see by some of the Liberal back-stabbing that has been going on since Monday that we are in for more of the same.

While the early signs look good for Turnbull and his supporters, it's amazing how good leaders can be forced to cruel the very essence of what made them popular in the first place.

And then there is this other stream of voters who don't like it when Prime Ministers change in between elections.

They assume (wrongly) that the people decide who is PM and not party members.