Opposition leader Bill Shorten has regained his lead against Tony Abbott in the latest poll.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten has regained his lead against Tony Abbott in the latest poll. Chris Ison

Shorten regains poll lead

OPPOSITION Leader Bill Shorten has regained his lead against Tony Abbott as preferred prime minister, according to the latest poll.

The Fairfax-Ipsos poll, which surveyed 1401 people nationwide, revealed Labor's share of the two-party preferred vote stood at 53% to the Coalition's 47%.

Labor's primary vote continued to hover at 37% while the Coalition's has dropped three percentage points to 40%.

The survey also asked people what their thoughts were on same-sex marriage. Seven out of 10 respondents said they supported it being legalised.

The survey revealed 74% of Labor voters and 90% of Greens voters supported same-sex marriage, but support was lower among Coalition voters, at 57%.

The survey also revealed 86% of respondents aged less than 25 supported the change, but support fell to 53% among those aged 55 and over.

Those surveyed were also asked whether housing was affordable to prospective first home buyers.

Just 29% of capital city residents say it was affordable.


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