As Labor’s lead over the Coalition narrows, Prime Minister Tony Abbott is enjoying a post-budget boost with to his personal approval rating.
A News Corp Newspoll released on Tuesday showed Labor held a two-party preferred lead of 52 to 48 per cent, down from 53 to 47 per cent two weeks ago.
During the same period, Mr Shorten’s satisfaction rating fell three points to 32 per cent, while dissatisfaction with his performance jumped four points to 50 per cent.
That gives him a net approval rating of minus 18 points, down from minus 11 points.
The poll results come as the Federal Government spruiks the 2015 Budget across the country, with small business set to get a boost.
Meanwhile, Mr Shorten introduced Labor’s highly anticipated marriage equality bill to parliament on Monday, which would change the definition of marriage to be “between two people” rather than “between a man and a woman”.
Mr Abbott’s net approval rating sank from minus 13 to minus 15 points, but ahead of Mr Shorten’s.
The Prime Minster’s satisfaction rating in the poll of 1169 voters dropped from 39 to 38 per cent, while dissatisfaction rose from 52 to 53 per cent.
Mr Shorten also lost ground with regards to who voters believed would make a better PM.
While Mr Abbott’s rating remained unchanged at 41 per cent, Mr Shorten fell three points to a 13-month low of 37 per cent.
– with AAP