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Malcolm Turnbull's Government Is Now Less Popular Than Tony Abbott's

The Coalition dumped Abbott because he lost 30 consecutive Newspolls.

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For the first time since taking over as prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull's government is now less popular than Tony Abbott's.

The Coalition's primary vote has fallen three points in the last fortnight to 38% and four points since the July 2 election, according to The Australian's Newspoll.

This is the quickest drop in primary vote by a re-elected government in the 32-history of Newspoll, and makes the Turnbull government less popular than the Abbott government in the last poll before the leadership spill, when the Coalition had a primary vote of 39%.

Turnbull's primary vote peaked at 46% after he became leader, was 42.1% during the election, and has now dipped to an all-time low of 38%.

When Turnbull led the party to dump Abbott as PM in September last year, he gave the fact that the Coalition had lost 30 consecutive Newspoll surveys as a reason for the change.

In Turnbull's 21 Newspolls, the Coalition has won nine and Labor five, with seven ties.

The poll of 1662 people from across the country over the last six days put Labor ahead of the Coalition 52% to 48% on two-party-preferred, meaning if an election took place today, Labor would win.

This is the opposition's biggest lead since Abbott was dumped as leader a year ago.

Turnbull is still the preferred prime minister over Labor leader Bill Shorten, but more than a half of voters are dissatisfied with his performance.

Many in the Coalition were surprised by the bad Newspoll results after what were considered a strong few weeks by Turnbull: passing the omnibus savings bill, getting a compromise on super and visiting the UN in New York.

Even Tony Abbott expressed surprise. “I found a couple of times after very good weeks the polls didn’t seem to reflect that,” the former PM said.

Alice Workman is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Canberra.

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