Honeymoon over as coalition's lead slips

Newspoll shows Anthony Albanese has the best approval rating for an opposition leader since 2013.
Newspoll shows Anthony Albanese has the best approval rating for an opposition leader since 2013.

The coalition's lead over Labor has slipped but Prime Minister Scott Morrison has extended his lead over Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese, the latest Newspoll shows.

The coalition has a 51-49 per cent two-party preferred lead over Labor, according to the poll published in The Australian newspaper on Monday.

It shows a two-point drop in the two-party preferred vote for the coalition since the electoral surge in July, which saw the government increase its lead over Labor 53-47 per cent.

The Labor leader meanwhile recorded the best net approval ratings for an opposition leader since December 2013.

Popular support for the coalition has dropped two points to 42 per cent while Labor's primary vote jumped a point to 34 per cent in the latest survey of 1623 voters.

The biggest movement came from a fall in approval of Mr Morrison's performance, with a six-point rise in the number of people dissatisfied to 42 per cent and a reduction in net satisfaction rating of plus-15 to plus-six points.

Mr Albanese had a two-point rise in satisfaction ratings matched by a two-point fall in those dissatisfied, which produced a net satisfaction rating of plus seven.

Mr Morrison, however, remained the preferred prime minister at 48 per cent compared with 30 per cent for Mr Albanese, who has fallen a point since the last survey.

Australian Associated Press