With roughly 18 months until the next federal election, a change of government is looking increasingly likely as polls continue to show Labor widening its lead over the Coalition.
According to the latest YouGov-Fifty Acres poll, Labor now leads over the Coalition with 53 per cent to 47 per cent on a two-party preferred basis, increasing the gap from four to six points.
And for the first time, Malcolm Turnbull lost his lead over Bill Shorten as the preferred prime minister, with the two now tied – albeit at a low rate of 31 per cent, behind those who said they “don’t know” at 38 per cent.
The dragging out of the citizenship debacle, the marriage equality vote and the scandal surrounding Manus Island appeared to have weighed heavily on the government’s approval rating, as well as its decision to cancel a sitting week of the lower house.
That decision was disapproved of by 43 per cent of 1,034 adults surveyed in the poll, compared to just 30 per cent who approved.
Less than half (46 per cent) of people approved of members of the government pursuing religious protections as part of same-sex marriage legislation, and a similar number considered the constitution should be changed to permit dual citizens to hold office.
The poll results were released after media reports surfaced about the government looking to provide tax cuts in the next federal budget, due in May.