ALP leads Coalition 55-45%
Labor’s support is at its highest for nine months in the latest Newspoll and Bill Shorten is ahead of Tony Abbott as better prime minister.
In two-party terms, the opposition leads the government by 55-45% in the poll, published in The Australian.
The Coalition’s primary vote was down two points in a fortnight to
36%, its lowest since July. The ALP’s primary vote, on 39%, is above the
government’s for the first time since then, when the government was
suffering the aftermath of the May budget.
The Coalition’s primary vote is nine points lower than at the
election. The Labor primary vote is up three points in the last
fortnight and six points higher than at the election.
The poll comes when the news was dominated by Abbott being caught up
in a round of summitry abroad and at home. But his satisfaction rating
Previously, national security and overseas issues seemed to be
working for the government but they no longer appear to be having a
positive effect for it. With parliament nearing the end of its sittings
for the year, the attention will swing back to outstanding budget
The Greens are down two points in the poll to 11%.
This is Labor’s third consecutive rise in two-party terms – it has been in front in 14 successive polls.