News National Coalition support drops in latest Newspoll as Labor leads 54-46

Coalition support drops in latest Newspoll as Labor leads 54-46

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The Coalition has slumped to its worst result of 2019 and its 50th consecutive Newspoll loss, with Labor extending its lead to 54-46 on the two-party-preferred vote.

Conducted for The Australian newspaper, the Newspoll of 1610 voters was conducted between March 7 and March 10 across the regions and capital cities.

Besides the Coalition dropping a point in primary vote to 36 per cent that produced a two-point turnaround to Labor, the Newspoll released on Sunday night also showed One Nation jumping two points to seven per cent.

The Greens remained steady at 9 per cent while other minor parties dropped a point to 9 per cent.

Labor remained stable with a primary vote of 39 per cent.

Malcolm Turnbull was prime minister for 39 of the 50 Newspolls in which it has trailed Labor. He famously cited the loss of 30 consecutive Newspolls when he challenged Tony Abbott for the prime ministership in 2015.

Scott Morrison maintained his lead over Bill Shorten as the preferred prime minister, although the gap has narrowed two points to just seven points.

Mr Morrison fell a point to 43 per cent as the Labor leader rose to 36 per cent.

The Australian reported the poll represents a 4.4 per cent swing against the government and would result in the loss of 18 seats for the Coalition if distributed on a uniform basis across all electorates.

The maximum sampling error is 2.4 percentage points.