Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s personal standing has taken a hit but Australian voters still prefer the coalition, new polling shows.
The latest Fairfax-Ipsos poll, conducted over the weekend, shows the Turnbull government is on 53 per cent support after preferences compared to Labor on 47 per cent.
Labor’s primary vote is 31 per cent compared to the coalition’s 45 per cent and the Greens on 14 per cent.
But since February Mr Turnbull has suffered a 15-point deterioration in his net approval rating, made up of a 7-point drop to 55 per cent in his approval rating and an 8-point rise in his disapproval rating.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s approval rating is up three points to 33 per cent and his disapproval rating down 3 points to 52 per cent.
On who would make the better prime minister, Mr Turnbull continues to lead easily at 61-22, but that represents a 6-point closing of the gap by Mr Shorten.