Australian PM’s popularity has fallen ahead of elections: Reuters, Ipsos Opinion poll, Australian Prime Minister Election 2016, Malcolm Turnbull, Australian federal election 2016, Two-party-preferred vote opinion poll, Bill Shorten
MELBOURNE Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s popularity has fallen, just over a month before what is expected to a closely fought election, a an opinion poll published on Saturday showed.
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However, Turnbull’s personal popularity as preferred prime minister fell four percentage points to 47 per cent, which is still above opposition leader Bill Shorten at 30 per cent.
Australians will vote on July 2 after an unusually long 74-day campaign.
Turnbull, considered a moderate in the conservative Liberal Party-led coalition government, had enjoyed high levels of popularity since he deposed his right-wing predecessor, Tony Abbott, in an internal party coup in September.
Economic issues such as tax and the funding of education and health care have been front and centre in the campaign, as well as the hot-button issue of asylum seekers and border protection.