Turnbull widens lead as preferred PM: poll

Malcolm Turnbull has widened the gap as preferred prime minister in the latest Newspoll, extending his lead over Bill Shorten by 19 per cent.

Mr Turnbull has increased his preference rating by two points to 48 with Mr Shorten dropping two points to 29 in the last fortnight, according to the poll published in The Australian.

Labor continues to lead the coalition on a two-party preferred basis 51 to 49.

In popular support both major parties lost a point, with the coalition falling to 38 per cent and Labor to 36 per cent while the Greens were on 10 per cent and One Nation on seven per cent.