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Coalition vote dips in latest Newspoll

Support for the federal coalition has dipped, with more voters now saying the government should prioritise meeting targets to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

The latest Newspoll, published in The Australian on Monday, found Labor is leading the coalition 54 per cent to 46 per cent on a two-party preferred basis.

This compares to the last poll three weeks ago when Labor was leading 53 per cent to 47 per cent.

Asked about the federal government’s priorities, 47 per cent of voters polled nominated meeting targets to cut emissions while 40 per cent pointed to keeping energy prices down.

When the same question on priorities was asked in February this year, the outcome was 43 per cent to 42 per cent, respectively.

The poll, conducted between October 20-23, also found 35 per cent of voters believed a Labor government would be better at leading the response to climate change compared to 28 per cent for a coalition government.

On the primary voting measure, support for the coalition was at 35 per cent compared to 38 per cent for Labor.

This was the worst result for the government since December 9, 2018, according to the poll conducted by YouGov.

But it also found Prime Minister Scott Morrison was considered the better leader at 48 per cent, compared to 34 per cent for Labor’s Anthony Albanese.

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