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Coalition remains in front: poll

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The latest Morgan Poll remains virtually unchanged with the Coalition safely sitting out in front.

The poll, released on Monday, revealed that on a two-party preferred basis, support for the Coalition was down .5 per cent to 56 per cent, while support for the Labor Party was up .5 per cent to 44 per cent.

Meanwhile, primary support fell for both major parties, with the Coalition down by one per cent to 46 per cent, and the ALP down .5 per cent to 28 per cent.

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Roy Morgan Research executive chairman Gary Morgan said the good news for the Turnbull government this week was the increasing confidence among voters.

“The strong lift in confidence around Australia gives the Turnbull government the mandate to make the tough decisions about whether or not Australia should commit troops to any international coalition aimed at defeating the Islamic State (IS), and affiliated terrorist groups in Iraq and Syria,  as Western nations in particular seek to make the most effective and productive response to the horrific Paris terrorist attacks,” Mr Morgan said.

Parliament House displays the colours of the French flag.

The nation is watching the government closely on how it is responding to the coordinated attacks in Paris.

On Monday, Justice Minister Michael Keenan said Australia would not be lifting its terror alert level, which remained on ‘high’.

He said there was “an enormous amount of expertise” within the Joint Counter Terrorism Team (JCTT) which was working hard to keep Australians safe.

Earlier on Monday, the French defence ministry confirmed that military jets had dropped 20 bombs targeting an IS stronghold in the Syrian city of Raqqa.

Meanwhile, the poll also revealed that support for the Greens was unchanged at 14.5 per cent, while Katter’s Australian Party (KAP) was two per cent, up one per cent to the highest since January 2015.

The Palmer United Party (PUP) remained unchanged at one per cent, while Independents/others were at 8.5 per cent (up 0.5 per cent).

In regards to the the Roy Morgan Government Confidence Rating, 50.5 per cent (up 2.5 per cent) of Australians said Australia was ‘heading in the right direction’ and 31 per cent (down five per cent) said Australia was ‘heading in the wrong direction’.

This week’s Morgan Poll on Federal voting intention was conducted during two weekends on November 7-8 and 14-15, with an Australia-wide cross-section of 3167 Australian electors.

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