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Tax cuts help Morrison in polls but Labor still ahead


Scott Morrison’s task to win the coalition a third term still appears out of sight, despite the prime minister recording his best ever Newspoll.

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Two polls out on Sunday night suggest voters’ dislike of Opposition Leader Bill Shorten won’t stop Labor winning a majority government in the May election.

A Newspoll published by The Australian suggests the government trails Labor 48-52 on a two-party preferred basis.

That’s an improvement from the 46-54 poll a month ago, and marks the coalition’s best result since Malcolm Turnbull was dumped as leader in August 2018.

The Ipsos poll, published by The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, suggested the Labor lead is six points (53-47).

Labor only needs a uniform swing of about one per cent to win majority government.

A three per cent swing to Labor would lead to senior ministers Peter Dutton and David Coleman losing their seats.

Despite each poll’s dire warning for the coalition, both continue to suggest almost half of all voters approve of Morrison, while about 36 per cent were in favour of Shorten’s performance.

In the Ipsos poll, Morrison also maintains a net approval rating of positive nine percentage points while the Labor leader’s net approval has dropped three points to minus 15.



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