Hanson rising: One Nation spikes against Turnbull tumble

MALCOLM Turnbull has copped a belting in the polls, with support for the Coalition collapsing to the lowest level since Tony Abbott was toppled as Prime Minister.

The first Newspoll of the year, taken for The Australian, shows the government trailing Labor by 46 to 54 per cent in two-party terms, with support for independents surging from 15 to 19 per cent.

Following Mr Turnbull's explosive phone call with US President Donald Trump over the refugee deal, the Coalition's primary vote has tumbled four points over the summer holidays to 35 per cent.

US President’s explosive phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull made headlines around the world.
US President’s explosive phone call with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull made headlines around the world. Supplied

When the poll was taken, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer struggled to pronounce Mr Turnbull's name, calling him Mr Trumble.

The Australian reports the Coalition's primary vote last dropped this low two years ago when Mr Abbott decided to give a knighthood to Prince Philip.

When Mr Turnbull challenged Mr Abbott for the leadership in September 2015, the Coalition's primary vote was 39 per cent.

But voters aren't any more impressed by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten or Labor.

According to the Newspoll survey of 1734 people taken from last Thursday to yesterday, the ALP's primary vote has remained unchanged at 36 per cent since early December.

Mr Shorten's standing has also ­deteriorated over the summer break, with satisfaction around his performance down two points to 32 per cent.

However the latest Newspoll shows Pauline Hanson's One Nation has a national primary vote of eight per cent. 

This is the same level of support it achieved at the 1998 federal election.

It comes as Senator Hanson outlined her blueprint for Australia, which would include forcing newlyweds to have pre-nuptial agreements and changes to the tax system.

"Family law is high on my agenda. It needs court-approved premarital agreements on finance and parental issues," she told News Corp Australia on Sunday.

The One Nation leader said she'd also cut the number of politicians, limit migration, introduce an Australian identity card, and axe the GST and consider a flat two per cent tax rate if she ran the country.

News Corp Australia


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