Labor Boosts Lead Over Turnbull’s Coalition in Pre-Debate Poll

The Labor Party surged to its largest lead over the governing Coalition in a Federal election poll ahead of the second televised debate between Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

At the end of the third week of the campaign, a Seven-ReachTel poll published Friday showed Labor taking a 52 percent to 48 percent lead in the two-party preferred vote. Turnbull has a 54.9 percent to 45.1 percent lead as better prime minister in the poll. A Newspoll published May 23 in The Australian newspaper had Labor leading by 51 percent to 49 percent.

Turnbull has called elections for July 2, seeking to end almost a decade of political instability in Australia and convince voters he’s best-placed to steer the economy through a fading mining-investment boom.

— With assistance by Keith Gosman

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