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Abbott, Shorten ‘lose steam’

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten have both taken a blow to their popularity following the federal budget, according to a new poll.

The Newspoll, published in The Australian, also shows voters’ support for independents and micro-parties has increased to a record 17 per cent.

On a two-party preferred basis the coalition trails Labor 47 per cent to 53 per cent.

The Abbott government’s primary vote remains lower than before the budget, but increased by one point to 37 per cent in the past fortnight.

Labor fell one point to 36 per cent and the Greens dropped two points to 10 per cent.

Mr Abbott has a dissatisfaction rate of 61 per cent, his worst since becoming prime minister, while Mr Shorten’s rating of 45 per cent is his worst since taking over the Labor leadership.

Both leaders’ approval ratings also dropped, with Mr Abbott falling three points to 30 per cent and Mr Shorten tumbling eight points to 34 per cent, despite jumping seven points immediately after the budget.

Mr Shorten is still preferred prime minister, despite falling five points to 40 per cent, while Mr Abbott went up two points to 37 per cent.

The latest survey polled 1155 people.

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