Border policy battle helps federal government claw back ground in polls

SCOTT Morrison has been given a boost in the latest opinion polls but it shows Labor would still win a federal election if it were to be held now.

The Ipsos poll has the opposition leading the coalition 51 per cent to 49 per cent on a two-party preferred basis, down from 54 per cent to 46 per cent in December.
Labor’s primary vote has fallen from 37 to 33 per cent over two months, while the coalition’s rose 36 to 38 per cent.
It follows an intense week in parliament, with the federal government ramping up its rhetoric on border protection after Labor pushed through legislation making it easier for refugees to get medical transfers to Australia.
Meanwhile, a separate YouGov Galaxy poll of Queenslanders has Labor ahead 52 per cent to 48 per cent in the state on a two-party preferred basis, although 40 per cent of those polled say they are less likely to vote for the Labor because Bill Shorten is the leader.