It's not his preference to launch a challenge but no firm guarantees have been made he won't.
Mr Dutton repeatedly refused to rule out another challenge for the Liberal leadership before the next election - which must be called by May 2019 and could now be imminent.
The latest on Monday showed it lagging even further behind - 45 to 55 percent on a two-party basis - with national elections due by the middle of next year.
At his press conference this morning, Mr Turnbull displayed no sign he doubted Mr Dutton's loyalty.
Constitutional law experts told Ten the Home Affairs Minister could be disqualified from parliament over his business interests, Ten Eyewitness News reported. I've always had a very good working and productive working relationship with Malcolm Turnbull. We can not allow - as I said in the Party Room today - internal issues to undermine our work, to create a risk, a real risk, that Bill Shorten will be the Prime Minister.
Ministers gathered for an emergency meeting at Parliament House last night, where discussions focused on the NEG.
But Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister James McGrath, Minister for International Development and the Pacific Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, and Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar confirmed within hours that they had offered their resignations after backing Dutton. "I very much want to support the government and make sure the Coalition can win the next election".
Mr Dutton ran through his CV to underline his capacity for the prime ministership, throwing in a John Howard reference to boost his conservative credentials.
Some political commentators believe that Dutton, buoyed by his strong showing, could challenge Turnbull again within days, especially if there is a mass exodus from the Cabinet.
Dutton supporters say the former police drug squad detective could have amassed enough support to successfully challenge for the leadership if the vote had been held Thursday before Parliament takes a two-week break and lawmakers won't gather again until September 10.
Conservative leaders like Victorian Michael Sukkar, who bring numbers, and Mr Cormann would be more likely to support Mr Dutton if he chose to pull the trigger.
Asked on Nine whether Dutton was going to have a crack at the leadership, Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne said "absolutely not".
The vegetable tribute is reminiscent of 2015 when Aussies called on one another to #PutOutYourOnions in tribute to Tony Abbott after he was rolled in a leadership spill by Mr Turnbull.
Peter Dutton says he took Malcolm Turnbull on for the Liberal leadership because he thought it would give the government a better chance of beating Bill Shorten at the next election.
Ms Bishop has said she will not be running for the top job.
Mr Morrison fronted up to be interviewed by Leigh Sales because Mr Turnbull himself declined the invitation.
"It's a complete capitulation to the right wing members of the Liberal Party of Australia, who want to perpetuate Australia's coal economy", said Robyn Eckersley, Professor and Head of Political Science at University of Melbourne.
He headed off a leadership challenge from Minster of Home Affairs Peter Dutton by a margin of 48 votes to 35 in the surprise vote. Mr Joyce has denied any wrongdoing and is understood to be frustrated by the length of time the NSW Nationals are taking to finalise the matter.
And Labor read the strategy quickly, with Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek telling Parliament Mr Turnbull had "a cold, shrivelled soul".
Minister for Human Services Michael Keenan was at the dinner too.