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Labor overtakes coalition: Newspoll

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Labor is ahead of the coalition for the first time since the federal election and Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s approval rating has plunged, according to a Newspoll.

Labor is ahead of the coalition for the first time since the federal election and Prime Minister Scott Morrison's approval rating has plunged, according to a Newspoll.

Labor is in front 51-49 on a two-party-preferred basis in the poll conducted for The Australian, a significant turnaround from the last Newspoll in early December when the coalition led 52-48.

The coalition's primary vote has dropped two points to 40 percent, while Labor's has increased from 33 to 36 percent since early December.

Approval for Mr Morrison tumbled from 45 to 37 percent, while Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese's rating leapt from 40 to 46 percent.

Since the last poll Mr Morrison has faced sustained criticism over his handling of the bushfire crisis, especially his decision to take a family holiday in Hawaii.

He was met with anger and frustration during his visits to fire-affected communities.

Mr Albanese has overtaken Mr Morrison as preferred prime minister and leads the Liberal leader 43 to 39 percent, according to the survey of 1505 voters conducted from January 8-11.

Support for the Greens rose one point to 12 percent, while One Nation lost ground, falling one point to four percent.

Backing for other minor parties dropped off one point to eight percent.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/national-news-labor-overtakes-coalition-in-latest-poll/c1deed2e-a662-4249-9241-25b4f2048b03

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