pm slides further in latest newspoll as bill shorten takes the lead

PM slides further in latest Newspoll as Bill Shorten takes the lead


The coalition government has slipped further behind Labor in the latest Newspoll as Bill Shorten narrowed the gap to Scott Morrison as the nation’s preferred leader.

The Liberal-National coalition now trail Labor by 10 points after slipping to 45-55 on a two-party preferred basis, according to the Newspoll published in The Australian on Sunday night.

The coalition’s primary vote fell by a point to 35 per cent – two points higher than the record low of 33 per cent.

Labor’s primary vote, according to the national poll of 1802 voters, sits at 40 per cent – only the third time it has hit such a mark in almost four years.

The coalition has been behind on the primary vote since the leadership change in August.

Mr Morrison’s latest effort to win back votes – his bus and plane tour of Queensland – appeared to not work with voters with his net approval rating sinking another five points to minus eight.

He was plus seven in mid-October.

The prime minister is now just seven points ahead of Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, who dropped two points to minus 15.

Mr Shorten also gained in the preferred prime minister stakes – adding one point to 36 per cent as Mr Morrison lost one point to 42 per cent.

The national poll was conducted between last Thursday and Sunday.