Australia’s politician merry-go-round continues in the polls

Malcom Turnbull has lost ground to Bill Shorten as the nation’s preferred prime minister, according to the latest Newspoll.

The Labor party leader gained a boost on Turnbull, but still trails the Prime Minister who has 41 per cent of voters picking him over Shorten.

The rise in popularity for Shorten comes after weeks of Liberal party infighting.


Labor leads the Coalition by 53 to 47 per cent on a two-party preferred basis.

The Coalition’s primary vote slipped from 36 to 35 per cent since the last Newspoll three weeks ago.

The last time the Liberal party’s primary vote was this low was when former Prime Minister Tony Abbott face an “empty chair” spill against back in 2015.