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Support for Malcolm Turnbull's government rising: Newspoll

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (L) meets with Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at Admiralty House in Sydney, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Vice President Pence is embarking on the Trump administration's first visit to the Asia-Pacific region.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (L) meets with Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at Admiralty House in Sydney, Saturday, April 22, 2017. Vice President Pence is embarking on the Trump administration's first visit to the Asia-Pacific region. AAP Image - REUTERS POOL - Jason Reed

SUPPORT for Malcolm Turnbull's government has increased, cutting Labor's lead from 52 to 48 per cent in two-party terms, according to the latest Newspoll.

The Australian reports that voter satisfaction has improved for the federal Coalition on the back of the debate over tougher citizenship rules.

The latest Newspoll shows the government has slightly improved its position from three weeks ago when Labor led by 53 to 47 per cent in two-party terms. But it's now the 11th Newspoll where the coalition has trailed Labor.

However the Coalition's primary vote has not changed from 36 per cent despite the government's focus on restricting skilled foreign workers. The primary vote remains six percentage points below the result in its narrow election victory last July.

Labor's primary vote slipped from 36 to 35 per cent compared to the Newspoll three weeks ago while the Greens saw their primary vote fall from 10 to 9 per cent and Pauline Hanson's One Nation held its primary vote at 10 per cent.

The Newspoll survey of 1686 voters was conducted after Mr Turnbull released the tougher rules for skilled foreign workers on Wednesday and the citizenship reforms on Thursday.

The government announced citizenship changes on Thursday requiring applicants to be a permanent resident for four years, up from 12 months now, face a stand-alone English test and commit to embracing Australian values.

But the government has been dogged over the past couple of weeks by divisions on housing affordability policy.

The Newspoll also coincided with a visit to Australia on the weekend by US Vice President Mike Pence, who reaffirmed the Trump administration would honour the controversial Manus Island refugee deal.

Read more at The Australian.

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