THE LATEST NEWSPOLL

Monday morning for the Coalition Government must have felt like ‘Groundhog Day’ as it woke, yet again, to another disappointing Newspoll, this time trailing the Labor Party 46:54, on a two-party preferred basis.

It appears Labor has now cemented their lead over the Government, in spite of Labor’s slippage of its own primary vote, which fell one per cent, from 38 to 37 per cent.

In an interesting development, the Prime Minister lost ground to the Opposition Leader as the preferred Prime Minister to lead that category by only eight points, 41 to 33 per cent. The previous survey’s result had the Prime Minister leading 42 to 31 per cent.

Voters reacted negatively to the Prime Minister’s recent performance, with 32 per cent saying they are satisfied, compared to 35 per cent three weeks ago. The number of voters who are dissatisfied with the Prime Minister’s performance rose from 52 to 56 per cent.

In positive news for the Coalition, its core base held steady at 36 per cent in the period when it announced reforms the private health insurance, plans for more naval shipbuilding, the agreement with gas exporters to boost domestic supply and additions to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme.

At 36 per cent, the Coalition’s primary vote is six per cent below the result it achieved at the July 2016 election.

In a survey response of over 1580 voters, Pauline Hanson’s One Nation increased its primary vote from eight to nine per cent while support for other parties — headed by a group including Nick Xenophon’s NXT — fell from nine to eight per cent in the days immediately after he announced his decision to resign from the Senate and contest the South Australian seat of Hartley. Support for the Greens also increased, from nine to 10 per cent, a trend that helped Labor keeps it’s lead over the Coalition in two-party preferred terms.

Those watching the polls would note though that Nick Xenophon’s personal standing in South Australia is polling well — this week he was flagged as the state’s preferred Premier. No mean feat from a man that is yet to officially enter the race to stand as an elected official in South Australia.

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