Aussie gov't loses 20th consecutive opinion poll


CANBERRA, Sept. 25 -- Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has lost ground to Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, according to the latest Newspoll released on Monday.

The nation's leading public opinion poll found that the governing Liberal National Party (LNP) trails the Australian Labor Party (ALP) 46-54 on a "two-party preferred" (TPP) basis.

The result marks the 20th consecutive Newspoll TPP poll that the government has lost.

If an election were to be held while the TPP remained 54-46 in favour of the ALP, the government would be defeated in a landslide, losing as many as 16 seats in the lower house of parliament.

The ALP recorded one of its best primary-vote results in 2017 with 38 percent of voters saying the party would be their first preference compared to 36 percent for the LNP.

A primary vote of 36 percent would be six points worse than the government's result in the 2016 election which they won narrowly.

The poll came after a fortnight which Turnbull spent working to address household concerns such as energy security and power prices.

Turnbull maintained his lead as preferred prime minister of the voters 42 percent to 31 percent but the margin has narrowed from 17 percent in late August to 11 percent.

The prime minister's net satisfaction rating, the difference between voters who are satisfied with his performance and those who aren't, improved to negative 17 percent from minus 20 percent.

Support for the right-wing One Nation and left-wing Greens parties remained steady at 8 and 9 percent respectively. (Xinhua)