27 September 2016
by Latika Bourke

Malcolm Turnbull takes another hit in latest poll

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull during question time earlier this month.

Not for the first time may Malcolm Turnbull find himself ruing the day he cited Tony Abbott's poor performance in Newspoll as a key reason for terminating his prime ministership.

Tuesday's Newspoll holds more grim news for the Member for Wentworth, who despite enjoying his best two weeks in in the job strutting the world stage is back facing the reality of his domestic woes after presiding over another fall in the Coalition's primary vote.

Published by News Corp, the survey of 1662 voters recorded a lowering of the Coalition's primary vote to 38 per cent, down 3 per cent, which is just on the error of margin.

On a two-party preferred basis, Labor leads the Coalition 52-48 which is the opposition's biggest lead since Malcolm Turnbull took power.

But Mr Turnbull remains well ahead of his opponent, Labor Leader Bill Shorten, in the important preferred Prime Minister stakes, 44-33 per cent.

Mr Turnbull's further decline in the opinion polls, just three months since the last federal election, will be closely monitored by his colleagues.

On the day he challenged him for the leadership in 2015, the member for Wentworth said his predecessor, Tony Abbott, had overseen the Coalition's loss in 30 Newspolls.

"It is clear the people have made up their mind about Mr Abbott's leadership," Mr Turnbull said.

The Prime Minister only just held onto victory at the recent election, winning majority on the floor of the Parliament by just one seat. Cabinet sources close to Mr Turnbull say he was rattled by the result, indicating he expected a bigger victory.

Tony Abbott's former chief of staff Peta Credlin has previously claimed her old boss would have won more seats.

Liberals believe Mr Abbott is attempting a political comeback, based on Mr Turnbull's lacklustre performance as Prime Minister, but his internal support is believed to have dwindled to a tiny minority, largely because of the way he and Ms Credlin ran the government.