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Abbott claws his way back in latest poll

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After a disastrous start to the year and a failed leadership spill, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has clawed his way back in a new poll, posting his highest satisfaction rating in seven months.

According to this week’s Newspoll, Mr Abbott has drawn level with Labor leader Bill Shorten as preferred prime minister for the first time since November.

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The embattled Coalition leader has had a remarkable turnaround in his approval rating in the past month, improving from 24 per cent in February to 37 per cent.

Support for Mr Abbott is on the rise and jumped by a massive four points since the last poll in April.

On the primary vote, the Coalition leads Labor, 39 to 35 per cent.

Bill Shorten’s satisfaction level is on the slide. Photo: AAP

Labor’s primary vote is down six points since February and is at its lowest level since October.

The Greens’ primary vote improved one point to 12 per cent.

Labor continued its lead over the government on a two-party-preferred vote, 52 to 48 per cent.

This is the 22nd consecutive Newspoll that Labor has led led on a two-party-preferred basis.

The latest poll also marks a reversal of fortune for Mr Shorten, with his satisfaction level falling below Mr Abbott’s for the first time since October.

In February, 42 per cent of those polled said they were satisfied with Mr Shorten’s performance, but that figure has fallen to 34 per cent.

Fifty per cent of voters said they were unhappy with Mr Shorten’s performance.

The poll comes ahead of the federal budget next week, which Mr Abbott promised would be more fair and less ambitious than last year’s.