Govt bounces back in latest poll



The Coalition government appears to have successfully weathered the attempted leadership coup, with support for the government at a four-month high in a new poll.

According to a Newspoll published in The Australian, the Coalition gained on the Labor Party on both the primary and two-party-preferred vote in the past fortnight.

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s approval rating grew by one point as Opposition Leader Bill Shorten posted his lowest personal approval rating since becoming Labor leader.

Mr Shorten’s dissatisfaction rating soared by nine per cent to a record 49 per cent, while his approval rating fell seven points to 37 per cent.

Mr Abbott’s approval rating still sits at 25 per cent.

The government’s two-party-preferred vote rose from 43 to 47 per cent while Labor’s dropped from 57 to 53 per cent.

The two major parties were tied on the primary vote at 38 per cent after support for the Coalition rose by three points and fell for Labor by three points.

The Greens were unchanged at 12 per cent.

Mr Abbott still faces a disapproval rating of 68 per cent, with almost 80 per cent of voters considering him arrogant.

In a blow to the prime minister, Mr Shorten is seen by voters as being more caring, likeable, in touch with voters, trustworthy and understanding of the major issues.

Mr Shorten is ahead of Mr Abbott as preferred leader, 43 to 35 per cent.

Voters still believe Mr Abbott more experienced and best to handle Australia’s economy and national security.


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