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Australia's Turnbull remains voters' preferred PM amid leadership speculation

From Reuters - April 6, 2018

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australian voters want Malcolm Turnbull to remain prime minister, according to an opinion poll on Saturday, as questions about his leadership gain momentum with his coalition facing possibly the 30th straight loss in a major poll on Monday.

Losing 30 Newspolls, one of the countrys most respected political polls, would be a symbolic blow for Turnbull since he used that benchmark to justify ousting former conservative leader Tony Abbott in 2015. The next Newspoll is out on April 8.

Three sitting Australian prime ministers have been ousted by their own parties since 2010, dumped by their colleagues almost as soon as their popularity began to wane.

On Saturday, a poll by Fairfax/Ipos in the Australian Financial Review said 62 percent of those surveyed want Turnbull to remain prime minister over Labor leader Bill Shorten. However, Turnbulls conservative government continues to lag behind in the two-party preferred vote, 48 to 52.

Turnbull declined to comment on the poll.

Senior Liberal party officials have called for Turnbull to remain leader regardless of Mondays Newspoll.

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