Australian Pms Popularity Slumps As Government Fractures Emerge


SYDNEY – The personal approval rating of Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull fell to its lowest level in more than four months, a widely watched poll showed on Monday, adding pressure on Turnbull as he seeks to unite a fractured government.

A Newspoll for The Australian newspaper showed Turnbull’s lead as preferred prime minister over opposition Labor leader Bill Shorten fell 4 percentage points in the past two weeks, a result that weakens his hand ahead of a critical meeting of the centre-right government on Tuesday.

Turnbull’s personal popularity has so far safeguarded his leadership in a country where leadership changes have become common in recent years when polls have shown the government on course for an election defeat.

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