Turnbull leads polls, gutting Labor's election chances

THE ascension of Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister a month ago continues to hurt Labor's chances of winning government, the latest Fairfax-Ipsos poll shows.

The poll shows Labor's primary vote has plummeted to 30 per cent, down from 36 per cent in the same poll in mid-August, while the Coalition is up seven points over the same period to 45 per cent.

On a two-party preferred basis, the Coalition was ahead 53 to 47 per cent. The figure was based on second preferences as marked by voters at the last federal election.

In the preferred prime minister stakes, Mr Turnbull was well ahead with 67 per cent approval to Mr Shorten's 24 per cent.

Sixty-eight per cent of respondents said they approved of Mr Turnbull's performance with 17 per cent disapproving, giving him a rating of 51 per cent overall.

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