The latest Newspoll spells trouble for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
The latest Newspoll spells trouble for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. JOE CASTRO

Support for Coalition plunges

SUPPORT for the Coalition has tumbled to another dangerous low following divisive debates on company tax cuts and race-hate laws.

The latest Newspoll, conducted for The Australian, shows the government is trailing Labor by 47 to 53% in two- party terms - sliding from 45 to 55% on February 26.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also lost ground to Opposition Leader Bill Shorten as preferred prime minister to lead by only 41% to 32% on the key leadership measure.

The survey of 1708 voters, taken from Thursday to Sunday, revealed a dip in the Coalition's primary vote from 37% to 36% over the past fortnight to give Labor a clear election-winning lead.

Mr Turnbull's net satisfaction rating has weakened slightly from minus 27 points to minus 29 points since the previous poll, which was taken from March 16-19.

According to the poll, Pauline Hanson's One Nation kept its hold on 10% of voters to match support shown for the Greens.

The Newspoll comes after a tumultuous week for the government, during which the Senate approved some of its company tax cuts but voted down the proposal to scale back the Racial Discrimination Act's section 18C.

The previous Newspoll, conducted in the days after the Prime Minister announced his plan for a $2billion expansion to the iconic Snowy Hydro scheme, showed a recovery in the Coalition's primary vote and an increase in Mr Turnbull's personal ratings.



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