Indonesia President Joko Widodo (left) speaks as Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull looks on during a media conference in the gardens of Kirribilli House in Sydney, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017.
Indonesia President Joko Widodo (left) speaks as Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull looks on during a media conference in the gardens of Kirribilli House in Sydney, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017. AAP Image - David Moir

Support for Turnbull hits record low

VOTER support for the Turnbull Government has slumped to a record low as One Nation surges ahead, according to the latest Newspoll published in The Australian.

Support for the Government is now at its lowest level since Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull took the top job, with the Government trailing Labor 55-45 in two-party preferred terms.

The Coalition's primary vote has also fallen to 34 per cent, five points lower than in September 2015 when Mr Turnbull challenged former prime minister Tony Abbott for the leadership.

The dramatic poll result is expected to send shockwaves through the Coalition when Parliament resumes in Canberra today.

Mr Turnbull remains seven points ahead of Opposition Leader Bill Shorten as preferred Prime Minister, but his lead has shrunk from the 12 point buffer he held three weeks ago.

Support for One Nation has jumped with the party's primary vote rising to 10 per cent, up from 4 per cent in November last year.

The latest poll, which was conducted from Thursday to Sunday, comes amid a fight over cuts to Sunday penalty rates, renewable energy targets and a public slanging match between Mr Abbott and senior Government Ministers.

POLL RESULTS
Two party preferred

  • Labor - 55%
  • Coalition - 45%

Primary vote

  • Labor - 37% (up one)
  • Coalition - 34% (down one)
  • One Nation - 10% (up 2)

PM performance

  • Satisfied - 29% (down 4)
  • Dissatisfied - 59% (up 5)
News Corp Australia


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