BILL Shorten has gained more ground against Malcolm Turnbull in the wake of the furore over the citizenship of three cabinet ministers, with Labor ahead of the Coalition by 54 to 46 per cent in two-party terms in the latest Newspoll.

Labor has climbed to its strongest primary vote this year with its core support at 38 per cent, up from 36 per cent two weeks ago, reports The Australian .

The latest Newspoll shows the government's primary vote has fallen from 36 to 35 per cent.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks at the Liberal National Party (LNP) state conference in Brisbane, Saturday, July 15, 2017. (AAP Image/Dan Peled) NO ARCHIVING
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks at the Liberal National Party (LNP) state conference in Brisbane, Saturday, July 15, 2017. (AAP Image/Dan Peled) NO ARCHIVING DAN PELED

The results come after a fortnight that saw an internal Coalition row over same-sex marriage, the government's decision to go ahead with a postal plebiscite on the issue, Mr Turnbull's move to challenge big energy retailers on their prices and the storm over foreign citizenship.

Mr Turnbull has lost ground to Mr Shorten in his personal standing with Australians but has held his lead as preferred prime minister, favoured by 43 per cent of voters compared with 33 per cent who prefer the Opposition Leader.

Read more at The Australian.

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