Coalition up, but Joyce facing a big battle: polls

MALCOLM Turnbull has lifted his party's overall position against Bill Shorten, but Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce could be up for a battle against Tony Windsor.

A Fairfax-Ipsos poll out yesterday showed the Coalition was at 53% to Labor's 47%, on the two-party preferred measure, up from 50-50 in two recent News- polls.

But Mr Turnbull took a personal hit in the poll. His approval rating has fallen seven points, to 55%, since February and Mr Shorten's has risen three points to 33%.

Mr Joyce is looking at a serious challenger in Mr Windsor, with the two contenders neck and neck in the race for New England.

A Newspoll, released yesterday, of about 500 people in the electorate showed Mr Windsor in front on 52% to Mr Joyce's 48%.

The two polls come as parliament sits today for the final sitting week before the federal budget is released in May.



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