Malcolm Turnbull and the Coalition lose lead to Labor: Newspoll

“The government needs a narrative badly”: PM Malcolm Turnbull has fallen behind in the opinion polls. Photo: Andrew MearesPrime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has ceded the Coalition’s lead in an opinion poll for the first time since the leadership coup, when he said Tony Abbott’s poor performance in the same survey justified the change.
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Newspoll, published by News Corp late on Monday night, had the Labor party leading the Coalition 51-49 on a two-party preferred basis. Mr Turnbull’s personal ratings were down four points, while Labor leaderBill Shorten’s by improved six points, which is outside the margin of error.

Labor’s primary vote was up two points to 36 while the Coalition’s was down two points to 41, compared to the previous fortnight’s poll. Both changes are within the margin of error. Just one month ago the Coalition and Labor were neck-and-neck at 50-50.

One government MP who did not want to be named told Fairfax Media the ratings showed Mr Turnbull needed to abandon his dithering and “start doing something”.

“The government needs a narrative badly,” the MP confided.

“The only narrative going is that the PM is a charmer. That’s not enough to convince the public to re-elect the government,” the MP said.

However, the MP expressed hope that such a plan would be contained in the budget, which is due a week early on May 3, ahead of a possibledouble-dissolution election on July 2. The poor poll result comes against a backdrop of government indecision about its agenda and public tension between the Prime Minister and his Treasurer Scott Morrison. NormalfalsefalseEN-AUJAX-NONE /* Style Definitions */table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-AU;}This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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