Turnbull Liberals lift primary vote

Paul Osborne, AAP Senior Political Writer
Turnbull Liberals lift primary vote

The Liberal party has lifted its primary vote to its highest level since November 2016.

The latest Essential poll gives the Liberals a 36 per cent primary vote, with the Nationals on three per cent and Labor on 37 per cent.

It comes amid a public debate around national security and tackling terrorism, which is traditionally a strong issue for the coalition.

The Liberals' primary vote was wallowing at 31 per cent in mid-March, dogged by voter anger over penalty rate cuts while promising big businesses a tax break.

Labor leads in two-party terms 52-48, which is the narrowest gap in the poll since late February.