Abbott and Shorten both hammered in the opinion polls

OPPOSITION Leader Bill Shorten has suffered a massive hit to his personal approval ratings, but there is little consolation for Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who has also seen his approval ratings dive in the latest Fairfax-Ipsos poll.

The dive in Mr Shorten's standing - the lowest he has recorded since taking the leadership of the Labor Party - comes as the opposition leader prepares to face one of the biggest weeks of his political career, with the royal commission into trade union corruption to question him on Wednesday about workplace deals struck while he was the leader of the Australian Workers Union.

The dip has not translated into a drop in support for Labor, which has retained its six percentage point lead over the Coalition and, as in the June poll, leads 53 per cent to 47 per cent in the two-party preferred vote.

The latest Fairfax-Ipsos poll shows that after a difficult fortnight for Mr Shorten and Mr Abbott, in which the opposition leader has faced questions about his time at the AWU and the prime minister has faced a divisive internal debate over same-sex marriage, both men's standing has plummeted.

Read more at Brisbanetimes.com.au


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