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Coalition loses more ground in Newspoll

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The Coalition has lost its 40th Newspoll in a row with a change in leadership failing to give its numbers a bounce.

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In the first fortnightly Newspoll since Scott Morrison replaced Malcolm Turnbull as prime minister on August 24, the Coalition has seen a further drop in two-party-preferred terms, lagging behind Labor at 44 to 56 per cent.

The difference was closer in the last Newspoll of Turnbull’s prime ministership at 49 to 51 per cent.

The poll published in The Australian today also showed the government’s primary vote moved up one point from 33 to 34 per cent but Labor’s also rose a point to 42 per cent.

Former prime minister Tony Abbott, one of the key agitators for a change in leadership, said on Sunday the government was getting back on track.

“I think this is a better government today than it was three weeks ago, and I’m looking forward to giving it every support,” Abbott told the Nine Network at Sydney Airport.

Meanwhile, the results showed Morrison was the preferred prime minister over Labor leader Bill Shorten, polling 42 to 36 per cent.

More than 40 per cent of voters were satisfied with Morrison’s performance while 39 per cent were dissatisfied, the poll showed.

This compared to Shorten’s performance results, with 37 per cent of voters satisfied with his performance, compared to 51 per cent dissatisfied.

The Greens’ primary vote remains at 10 per cent while One Nation has dropped a point to 6 per cent.

The poll canvassed 1653 voters and was conducted between September 6 and 9.

– AAP

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