Turnbull still leads polls despite fall since November

THE public's supposed "honeymoon" period with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull appears to have ended, a new poll shows.

A Fairfax-Ipsos poll of 1403 people released yesterday showed the Coalition's two-party preferred support fell to 52% - losing four points since November last year.

While Labor made gains - up four points to 48% on the two-party preferred measure - the Coalition had maintained an election-winning lead.

Overall, the poll showed a 1.5% swing against the government since the September 2013 election.

Mr Turnbull's personal approval rating as PM fell 15 points since November, down to 38, but Labor leader Bill Shorten's approval rating rose just one point to 30% in the same period.

Ipsos director Jessica Elgood said the preference figures for Mr Shorten to become prime minister were "lower than that polled for any other Opposition Leader since the Nielsen trends began in 1995".

The poll, based on interviews of voters on February 11-13, marks a fall in support for the government after Mr Turnbull lost two ministers over the summer.

While the poll was underway, Mr Turnbull lost frontbencher Stuart Robert, who resigned from the ministry last week after a tough week of Labor questions and ahead of Saturday's reshuffle.

Despite speculation of an early election this year, Mr Turnbull has indicated he expects to go to a full term - a decision backed by 74% of voters asked about it in the Ipsos poll.



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