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Malcolm Turnbull loses 29th straight Newspoll as Labor hits highest level since Tony Abbott rolled

Malcolm Turnbull has lost his 29th consecutive Newspoll, as Labor’s primary vote climbs to its highest level since Tony Abbott was rolled as prime minister.

The latest Newspoll of 1597 voters, published in The Australian on Monday, shows the Turnbull Government trailing Labor 47 to 53 per cent after preferences.

Turnbull is now just one bad Newspoll away from the 30 benchmark he set for his predecessor when he challenged him in September 2015.

 

Malcolm Turnbull has lost his 29th consecutive Newspoll, as Labor’s primary vote climbs to its highest level since Tony Abbott was rolled as prime minister

Turnbull is now just one bad Newspoll away from the 30 benchmark he set for his predecessor when he challenged him in September 2015 (pictured)

Turnbull is now just one bad Newspoll away from the 30 benchmark he set for his predecessor when he challenged him in September 2015 (pictured)

‘The one thing that is clear about our current situation is the trajectory. We have lost 30 Newspolls in a row. It is clear that the people have made up their mind about Mr Abbott’s leadership,’ he said in 2015 at a Canberra media conference.

In more bad news for the prime minister, Labor’s primary vote has climbed to 39 per cent, which is the Opposition’s highest level of support since Tony Abbott was knifed as Liberal PM in September 2015.

This was despite Labor introducing a controversial superannuation policy which proposed to strip retirees of tax credits from their share dividends. 

The Coalition government by comparison would win just 37 per cent of first-preference votes if an election were held now, which would be an all-time low for the conservative side of politics since the Liberal Party was founded in 1944.

While both major party leaders were unpopular with voters, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten had a higher satisfaction rating than Malcolm Turnbull, overrating him 34 per cent to 32 per cent.

However, Turnbull was the preferred PM, 39 per cent to 36 per cent.

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

Labor's primary vote has climbed to 39 per cent, which is the Opposition's highest level of support since Tony Abbott was knifed as Liberal PM in September 2015

Labor’s primary vote has climbed to 39 per cent, which is the Opposition’s highest level of support since Tony Abbott was knifed as Liberal PM in September 2015

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 Mr 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. 

Liberal Party sources have told The Australian Financial Review Tony Abbott said was positioning himself to return to the Liberal leadership in opposition.

‘All his actions indicate that’s what he would like to do,’ a party official from New South Wales said.



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