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Neck and neck: Coalition draws level, Dutton and Albo both plunge in personal ratings


Support for the federal government has slumped, leaving Labor and the coalition tied on a two-party-preferred basis, according to a Newspoll survey.


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The coalition leads Labor on the primary vote, 38 per cent to 31 per cent, according to the poll published in The Australian on Monday.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s Labor party won the 2022 election with 32.6 per cent of the primary vote.

The backing for Labor on the primary vote fell four percentage points from the previous Newspoll three weeks ago while support for the coalition increased by one point.

The poll indicated a one-point increase for the Greens to 13 per cent, a two-point rise in support for the minor parties and ­independents category to 12 per cent while One Nation was steady on 6 per cent.

On a two-party-preferred basis, Labor and the coalition are neck-and-neck at 50 per cent each.

The Australian newspaper’s report suggested such a result at an election would put Labor in a minority government position after a loss of five seats.

The previous Newspoll published earlier in November had Labor ahead 52 per cent to 48 per cent.

The latest survey also registered a two-point drop in Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s approval ratings to 40 per cent while his dissatisfaction level was up a point to 53 per cent, leaving him with a net approval rating of minus 13.

Coalition leader Peter Dutton also has a net approval rating of minus 13 after no change in his approval rating of 37 per cent and disapproval of 50 per cent.

The survey of 1216 voters, conducted between November 20 and November 24, indicated Mr Albanese was the preferred prime minister of 46 per cent while 35 per cent backed Mr Dutton and 19 were undecided.

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