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29 December 2014

Newspoll shows support for Coalition plunged across all states in 2014

Bill Shorten chats with staff and diners as he serves up a coffee, at the Salvation Army Cafe in Melbourne last week.

Voter support for the Abbott government has plunged across all states over the past year and is significantly behind Labor in two-party-preferred terms everywhere except Western Australia, a Newspoll analysis shows.

The analysis, published by News Corp Australia on Saturday, shows that the Coalition’s primary vote has tumbled 10 points in Victoria and South Australia, nine points in New South Wales, eight points in Queensland and seven points in Western Australia.

In two-party-preferred terms based on preference flows in the 2013 election, Labor leads the Coalition by 60% to 40% in Victoria, by 54% to 46% in both NSW and South Australia and by 52% to 48% in Queensland.
Only in WA does the Coalition have a two-party preferred lead – of 53% to 47%.
Tony Abbott is considered the better prime minister in WA, with a nine-point lead of 43% to 34% and in Queensland with 41% to 39%.
But the opposition leader, Bill Shorten, is ahead in NSW by 40% to 39%, in Victoria by 45% to 33% and in South Australia by 43% to 34%.

Labor’s education spokesman, Senator Kim Carr, says the results are no surprise and voters are angry because the government came to office on the back of a lie.

“A lie that they would not change the way we funded our education system, a lie that said they wouldn’t cut education, they wouldn’t cut health, they wouldn’t cut the ABC, they wouldn’t cut pensions,” Senator Carr said in Melbourne.

“All of those things have now happened.

“Is there any wonder the Australian people are so cranky with this government and reject their approach to lying their way into office?”

Abbott’s office did not reply to calls regarding the poll.

Meanwhile, Australian Development Strategies data published by News Corp Australia shows unemployment is up in many federal coalition seats, but down in Labor-held seats.

It found 24 of the 28 electorates with the largest rises in unemployment rates are controlled by the Coalition.