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Shorten drops to new lows: poll

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As the Coalition floats potential tax reform measures, Bill Shorten has continued to lose ground in the polls against an ever popular Malcolm Turnbull.

Support for Mr Shorten dropped below last month’s record low, according to the latest Fairfax/Ipsos poll, released on Tuesday.

Mr Shorten lost 3 per cent against Mr Turnbull as preferred Prime Minister, plunging to a new low of 18 per cent, compared to 21 per cent in October.

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Meanwhile, Mr Turnbull experienced a concurrent jump from 67 per cent to 69 per cent.

The results came as the Coalition discusses options for tax reform, including an increase to the goods and services tax (GST) from 10 per cent to 15 per cent and a broadening of the products base.

More than 50 per cent of the 1402 voters surveyed indicated they would support an increase to the GST if it was accompanied by other tax relief measures, including personal tax cuts and other forms of compensation for households on less than $100,000 a year.

But approval plummets if no other measures were introduced in tandem with reform, with just 28 per cent supporting an increase in isolation, compared to 66 per cent in opposition.

After preferences, the Coalition streaked ahead of Labor, widening its lead to 56 per cent of the vote, compared to 44 per cent.

Before the distribution of preferences, the Coalition’s lead was wider, putting it ahead of the ALP 48 per cent to 29 per cent, a 3 point increase for the LNP.

For the ALP, it represented a 1 point drop in support.

The poll results were comparable to a Roy Morgan survey released on Monday, which put the Coalition ahead at 56 per cent to 44 per cent on a two-party-preferred basis, although this was a .5 per cent drop for the LNP.

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