Coalition gains on Labor as cost-of-living crisis bites

The coalition is catching up to Labor fresh polling shows, as Australians feel the brunt of the cost-of-living crisis.

The opposition's primary vote has risen two points to 39 per cent in the latest Newspoll, conducted for The Australian between June 3 and 7.

It is the coalition's strongest primary vote result since August 2021 when it was in power under Scott Morrison.

Labor recorded 33 per cent of primary vote support, falling one point since the previous Newspoll in May.

On a two-party preferred basis, the coalition and Labor are neck and neck at 50 per cent, according to the June poll.

Nationals leader David Littleproud
David Littleproud says Anthony Albanese has created the cost-of-living crisis.

Asked about the results, Nationals Leader David Littleproud said people would be reflecting on how they were faring under the Albanese government.

"Australians are saying 'no, we don't feel safer and we don't feel as though we're better off'," he told Sky News on Monday.

"This is a Canberra-based cost-of-living crisis that Anthony Albanese has created because of his ideology not meeting the practicality, whether it be energy, whether it be food, that's keeping your interest rates higher."

Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra
More people think Anthony Albanese would make a better prime minister but the gap has narrowed.

The political rivals were last tied in November but the coalition has not eclipsed Labor on a two-party preferred basis since November 2020.

Satisfaction with Anthony Albanese fell into negative territory, but the prime minister's net rating of minus seven still leads that of Peter Dutton, despite the opposition leader rising two points to minus 10 since May.

While more poll respondents still think Mr Albanese would make a better prime minister (46 per cent) than Mr Dutton (38 per cent), the opposition leader has narrowed the gap from 19 basis points to eight.

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