Opposition Leader Bill Shorten during his visit to Mackay in Central Queensland.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten during his visit to Mackay in Central Queensland. TRACEY NEARMY

Labor in election-winning lead as Shorten's support grows

LABOR is again in an election-winning lead as Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's popularity takes a hit while Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's momentum builds.

After the first weeks of the election campaign, Labor is ahead of the Coalition 51% to 49% on a two-party preferred basis in a Newspoll published by The Australian.

The figures match polling results from the start of the campaign, showing the Coalition is yet to gain ground on the Opposition.

Mr Turnbull is still holding a significant leader over Mr Shorten when voters were asked who would make the better Prime Minister. In the latest poll, 46% chose Mr Turnbull, 31% chose the Opposition Leader and 23% were uncommitted.

The Australian reports that if these figures were borne out in the election, 23 Coalition seats may be lost, enough for Labor to take power with Mr Shorten as Prime Minister.

The Newspoll also suggests overall satisfaction for Mr Turnbull is quickly evaporating.

Half of voters are now dissatisfied with Mr Turnbull's performance as PM since he took office from Tony Abbott. It marks a 28-point fall since mid-November when his support was at its peak.

Mr Shorten's approval meanwhile has gone up - climbing 14 points from a record low of 23% to now sitting at 37%.



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