A long series of scandals and political missteps have meant Bill Shorten is gaining on Malcolm Turnbull's popularity.
A long series of scandals and political missteps have meant Bill Shorten is gaining on Malcolm Turnbull's popularity. AAP Image - Ben Rushton

Turnbull suffers blow in latest Newspoll

THE gap between Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten as preferred Prime Minister has closed dramatically, according to the latest Newspoll.

Mr Turnbull is sitting just ahead in the polls at 37 per cent, with Mr Shorten sitting close behind on 35 per cent, according to the results published by The Australian on Sunday night.

The Prime Minister was 14 points ahead of Mr Shorten at the start of February.

Satisfaction ratings for both also fell, with the Prime Minister dropping two points to 32 per cent and the Opposition Leader dropping down one point to 33 per cent.

There was no change to the two-party preferred vote, which remains at 53 per cent to 47, with the Coalition behind Labor.

The Coalition's primary vote rose one point to 37 per cent and Labor's went up by the same margin to 38 per cent.

News Corp Australia


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