Newspoll – September 2017
Labor has further increased its lead over the Coalition to 54 to 46 per cent on the two party preferred vote, after having been stuck at a lead of 53 to 47 per cent in the six previous Newspolls.
The result, the Coalition’s 18th consecutive loss under Malcom Turnbull, increased the pressure on Mr Turnbull, who set Tony Abbott’s 30 consecutive Newspoll losses as a benchmark when he toppled him for the Liberal leadership.
The result was Labor’s best and the Coalition’s worst since the 27 February Newspoll which Labor led 55 to 45 per cent.
The Coalition’s primary vote fell to 35 per cent from 36 per cent previously while Labor’s rose to 38 per cent from 36 per cent previously.
The Greens primary vote dropped to 9 per cent from 11 per cent, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation rose to 9 per cent from 8 per cent and Others were unchanged on 9 per cent.
Mr Shorten also narrowed Mr Turnbull’s lead as preferred prime minister to 10 points, from 15 previously: with Mr Turnbull on 43 per cent and the Labor leader on 33 per cent, compared to 46 to 31 per cent previously.
Net satisfaction with both leaders fell, with Mr Turnbull down to -20 from -12 previous and Mr Shorten at -20 from -15.
David Crowe wrote in The Australian, “The federal Coalition’s performance in parliament is dragging it down in the polls as Malcolm Turnbull struggles to emerge from a political slump, with ministers admitting the government is losing ‘oxygen’ in the fight with Labor.”
He wrote an “analysis of 10 Newspolls, conducted exclusively for The Australian over the past year, shows Mr Turnbull lost ground on key leadership measures in polls taken after parliament sat for a fortnight.
“In contrast, Mr Turnbull gained support as preferred prime minister in four of the five polls taken after periods when parliament was not sitting.”