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Labor moves ahead of Coalition in new poll

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Labor has pulled ahead of the coalition just three months after the election, a new poll shows.

The Fairfax Nielsen poll shows the coalition has lost the strong support it enjoyed leading up to the September 7 poll, while Bill Shorten’s party has bolted out of the gates.

On a two-party preferred basis, Labor has made ground and now leads the coalition 52-48 per cent – the first time it’s been ahead of the coalition for three years.

That’s a turnaround of 5.5 per cent, and the quickest lead by any federal opposition since losing an election, Fairfax says.

Labor’s primary support has tracked back to 37 per cent, up four percentage points since September, while the coalition’s has slipped five points to 41 per cent.

The Greens’ primary support comes in at 11 per cent, up two percentage points.

Tony Abbott leads Mr Shorten as preferred prime minister, 49-41 per cent (with 10 per cent uncommitted).

The poll also shows that 47 per cent of the 1400 people polled from Thursday to Saturday approve of the prime minister’s performance, while 46 per cent disapprove.

Mr Shorten enjoys a 51 per cent approval rating, with just 30 per cent disapproving.

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