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The federal Coalition Government has lost its 29th straight Newspoll, as Labor’s primary vote climbs.

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The latest Newspoll of 1597 voters published in The Australian shows the Coalition trailing the opposition 47-53.

It brings Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull closer to the symbolically significant 30th consecutive negative poll, which he cited as one of his reasons for toppling Tony Abbott in 2015.

The latest poll, published on Sunday night, showed Labor improved its primary vote to 39 per cent against the Government’s 37 per cent.

The Opposition’s first preference vote has not been as high since Turnbull ousted Abbott, The Australian reported.

The poll also showed Labor leader Bill Shorten’s satisfaction rating rising to 34 per cent over Turnbull’s 32 per cent.

But the latter remained the country’s preferred prime minister, leading Shorten 39-36.

The primary votes for the Greens and One Nation were unchanged at nine per cent and seven per cent, respectively.

When asked about the significance of the Coalition’s 29th consecutive Newspoll loss, Communications Minister Mitch Fifield said other factors played a part in the toppling of Abbott.

“Sure, Malcolm did mention back in 2015, Newspoll. But there are a number of other things that he did mention at that time as a reason for change,” the minister told ABC TV on Sunday night.

– AAP

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