Abbott and the confidence of voters.
Some have claimed that Tony Abbott '...failed dismally to win the confidence of most voters...'. But that can only be put to the test at an election, and he was denied that opportunity. The election he faced in 2013 he won handsomely.
All governments and Prime Ministers have periods of negative poll ratings. That is why we have elections, because polls are not reliable. We have no way of knowing whether Abbott had the confidence of the Australian people. Only an election would have told us that.