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Federal election on a knife edge: new polls

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Two new opinion polls show the major parties are neck-and-neck as federal Parliament enters a crucial week of sitting.

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The Fairfax-Ipsos poll, conducted over the weekend, put support for the Coalition and Labor across the country on a knife edge at 50-50, assuming an allocation of preferences similar to those at the last election.

A Newspoll published in The Australian today gives Labor the lead over the Coalition on a two-party preferred basis, 51 per cent to 49 per cent.

Satisfaction with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s performance dropped for the fifth consecutive poll.

Federal MPs and senators are heading back to Canberra today for the week’s special sitting to vote on key legislation to restore the Australian Building and Construction Commission and the registered organisations bill.

If they don’t support those bills, Turnbull says he will advise Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove to dissolve both houses for a July 2 election.

WHAT VOTERS ARE THINKING

NEWSPOLL

* Labor maintains 51-49 per cent lead over the coalition

* Malcolm Turnbull leads Bill Shorten 47-28 per cent as preferred prime minister

* Satisfaction with Turnbull drops two points to 36 per cent

* Shorten’s satisfaction rating drops one point to 31 per cent

* One in four believe the next government’s priority should be to reduce spending to pay down debt

IPSOS/FAIRFAX

* Coalition and Labor tied at 50-50

* Turnbull preferred prime minister 54-27 per cent

* Satisfaction with Turnbull 51 per cent

* Satisfaction with Shorten 33 per cent

* 65 per cent back Labor’s plan for a royal commission into the banking and financial sectors.

(Source: Newspoll; Ipsos polls April 18)

– with AAP

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