So far, Tony Abbott's efforts at schmoozing with the big boys (and girls) has helped his popularity, and that of his government's, not one iota.
Delightfully, Newspoll today has two party preferred up to 55/45 in favour of Labor.
While it is not true that the public is always right, it seems pretty clear that this government's unpopularity is due to:
a. a whole string of broken promises within 12 months of gaining office, and no compelling justification for any of them;
b. the introduction of one completely un-foreshadowed policy with massive implications for a large section of the population (university fee deregulation);
c. budget ideas with attempted justifications that anyone can see are nonsense ($7 co-payment that does not pay for the government's health budget, but is going to help reduce health costs in future by funding a cure for cancer? Yeah, sure.)
d. Tony Abbott becoming a victim of his own rampant and unprincipled opportunism that gave him leadership of his party, because he can't please everyone on climate change, and is discovering that the noisy, nutty Right's view on the matter really isn't as widely held as he thought.
e. A party that does look fossilised and nastily partisan where it should not be - Bronwyn Bishop as speaker will long be remembered as an embarrassment. And the culture war that many are still wanting to wage is not as widely shared as the Right wing commentairiate has led them to believe.