Bad News For Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull This Morning
The latest newspoll numbers are in and it's not looking good for our Prime Minister.
The results show voters are deserting Mr Turnbull in big numbers.
His lead over Bill Shorten as preferred PM has been cut from eight points to just two, while Labor has grown its two-party lead to 55-45 off the back of the citizenship saga.
The worst Newspoll result for the coalition since February did not surprise cabinet minister Christopher Pyne.
"There's no doubt the last fortnight has been messy from the government's point of view because of this issue around dual citizenship" he told ABC radio.
"Obviously the media has been full of this issue and that would have affected people's thinking about the government."
Mr Pyne noted an election was not due until July 2019.
"Polls come and go and people should remain unfazed by them."
The Newspoll, if repeated at an election now, indicates a 20 seat loss for the coalition.
Labor is in its strongest overall position since Mr Turnbull replaced Tony Abbott as prime minister in September 2015.
The numbers will no doubt be a distraction for the PM who is in the Philippines for the East Asia leaders summit.
He will meet with President Donald Trump today to discuss the asylum seeker deal with the US, while also speaking with the Filipino President.