Newspoll: Malcolm Turnbull’s budget gamble falls flat

THE Turnbull government is losing ground against Labor to trail by 47 to 53 per cent following the federal Budget, according to the latest Newspoll.

The Australian reports that voters have moved to Labor and the Greens to give Bill Shorten a bigger lead in two-party terms, compared to the last poll three weeks ago, which showed Labor ahead by 52 to 48 per cent.

The blow to the Coalition came despite an improvement in Malcolm Turnbull's personal satisfaction ratings and a lift in his results as preferred prime minister, where he widened the gap against Mr Shorten with 44 per cent approval compared with 31 per cent.

Opposition leader Bill Shorten on the front lawns of Parliament House to chat to TV networks about the budget.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten on the front lawns of Parliament House to chat to TV networks about the budget. Kym Smith

The Newspoll survey of 1716 voters was taken from Thursday to Sunday. A Fairfax-Ipsos poll also published on Monday morning similarly puts Labor support at 53 per cent to the Coalition's 47 per cent on a two-party preferred basis, but Labor's lead slipped eight points from last month's reading of 55 per cent.

Fairfax puts the decline in Labor support down to those surveyed overall satisfied with the Turnbull government's budget plans.

Malcolm Turnbull with Treasurer Scott Morrison.
Malcolm Turnbull with Treasurer Scott Morrison. Kym Smith

According to The Australian, the latest Newspoll suggests the Turnbull government has failed to generate a swift reward from its dramatic move to "reset the budget" by using tax hikes to replace divisive spending cuts.

A key finding was that 45 per cent of voters believed they would be worse off from the budget, a result that is better than the record 69 per cent finding on the divisive May 2014 budget but the second-worst for a federal government since 2000.

Another 19 per cent said they would be better off from last week's measures, a level that is higher than the response to the May 2014 budget and in line with the reaction to the past two ­Coalition budgets, The Australian reports.

News Corp Australia


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