Prime Minister Tony Abbott attends a small business breakfast in Canberra, Monday, Sep. 7, 2015.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott attends a small business breakfast in Canberra, Monday, Sep. 7, 2015. AAP Image - Lukas Coch

Newspoll shows Abbott's support has fallen in every way

SUPPORT for the Abbott government has fallen on every measure since it was elected two years ago, the latest Newspoll showed today.

Marking the government's two-year anniversary showed the Coalition's primary vote down 6.6 points since the September 2013 election, while voter satisfaction with Tony Abbott as Prime Minister fell 17 points in that time.

The Newspoll, published in The Australian on Monday, showed Labor leads the Coalition on the all-important two-party preferred measure 54% to the Coalition's 46%, based on preferences from the 2013 poll.

While the Coalition's primary vote recovered one point in the past fortnight, it sits at 39%, 6.6 points lower than the election winning figure of 45.6%, compared to Labor holding at 39%, 5.7 points up on the September 2013 result.

The Newspoll also asked 1655 voters their thoughts about the controversy surrounding the Trade Union Royal Commission, with 68% supporting the Commission, but more than half of those believed Commissioner Justice Dyson Heydon should step down from the role.

Labor this morning will move a motion in the Senate calling on Governor-General Peter Cosgrove to remove Justice Heydon from the role, but it is unclear whether enough senate crossbenchers will support the move.

Parliament resumes sitting this morning in Canberra for two weeks, ahead of the West Australians by-election in the seat of Canning, vacated by then-MP Don Randall's shock death in July.


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