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Black Friday in polls for Bill Shorten

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The latest ReachTel poll gives the coalition a 53-47 two-party lead and shows a huge gap between Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten as preferred PM.

Broadcast on Seven News on Friday, the poll showed 68.9 per cent of voters preferred Mr Turnbull to 31.1 per cent for the Labor leader.

Only 23 per cent of voters rated Mr Shorten’s performance “good”, with 46 per cent declaring it “poor” and 31 per cent calling it “satisfactory”.

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Asked whether Labor should change its leader, 40.6 per cent of Labor voters said yes compared with 30.3 per cent opposed and 29.1 per cent undecided.

Across all voters, 40.2 per cent supported a change of Labor leader, with 26 opposed and 33.9 per cent undecided.

Continuing a trend of strong polls since he ousted Tony Abbott, Mr Turnbull has taken the coalition to a 53-47 two-party lead in the ReachTel poll.

The Liberal-National coalition’s primary vote was 46.7 per cent to Labor’s 33 per cent, with the Greens polling 11.3 per cent, Palmer United 0.9 per cent and “other” 8.2 per cent.

Asked whether Mr Abbott should remain in parliament, 40.8 per cent said yes, while 45.6 per cent backed him to quit his Sydney seat of Warringah.

Before he was ousted, Mr Abbott trailed Mr Shorten 42-58 as preferred prime minister.

The poll of 3574 residents across Australia was conducted on October 22.

Meanwhile, the bad news continued for Mr Shorten with the release of the latest Morgan poll.

While Mr Turnbull remains the preferred choice of Liberal leader overwhelmingly, Mr Shorten slipped to fourth on the list of preferred Labor leaders.

Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek is the preferred choice of 27 per cent of those surveyed, followed by Anthony Albanese (23 per cent) and former treasurer Wayne Swan (10 per cent).

Mr Shorten slipped three per cent to nine per cent.

The Morgan poll on who made the better prime minister showed an overwhelming majority (76 per cent) backed Mr Turnbull compared to just 14 per cent for Mr Shorten.


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