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Bill Shorten’s worst Newspoll result ever

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Opposition leader Bill Shorten has recorded his worst ever Newspoll, with only 15 per cent of voters thinking he would be a better Prime Minister than Malcolm Turnbull.

The horror result means that since the September 3-6 Newspoll, Mr Shorten’s approval rating as preferred PM has dropped 26 per cent.

Mr Shorten’s 15 per cent approval rating is 2 per cent lower than his previous worst of 17 per cent from two weeks ago, according to The Australian.

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Mr Turnbull was comfortably the preferred Prime Minister among 63 per cent of those polled.

In similarly grim news for Mr Shorten, only 26 per cent of voters are satisfied with his performance, while 57 per cent are dissatisfied.

The 26 per cent satisfaction rating is a one per cent fall from the last poll, two weeks ago.

When Tony Abbott was Prime Minister in early September, his satisfaction rating was 30 per cent.

Now, in November, Mr Turnbull has improved that mark by 30 per cent, with 60 per cent of voters satisfied with the job he is doing.

That is a 4 per cent rise since the last Newspoll, and a 10 per cent rise since October.

Meantime, the government is leading Labor 53 per cent to 47 per cent on a two-party preferred basis.

The Coalition’s primary vote is at 46 per cent to Labor’s 33 per cent. The polling figures are the best for the Coalition in nearly two years.

Mr Shorten’s approval rating is the second worst for a Labor leader in the history of Newspoll, going back to 1987.

The lowest ever rating for a Labor leader was recorded by Simon Crean (14 per cent) in November 2003.

It is far lower than the lowest approval ratings for Julia Gillard (33 per cent) and Kevin Rudd (33 per cent).

The Newspoll was conducted by 1573 voters around Australia from November 19-22.

Leading up to the poll, national debate had been dominated by the international response to the November 13 terrorism attack in Paris.

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