Poll: Support for ‘socialist government’ at highest level since 2016

With more than four months to go before Australians go to the polls, a poll conducted by Essential Media suggests the ALP has a lead of five points over Labor.

Key points:AAP and Liberal Party support stands at 55% and 39%, respectivelyAccording to the poll, the ALP is up nine points since FebruaryThe Coalition has a nine-point lead on LaborAAP support has dropped from 63% to 51%AAP has also lost ground from its support at the start of this year, falling to 44% in March.

However, a similar poll conducted earlier this month by Essential found support for the Coalition had returned to pre-election levels.

In the poll conducted on Wednesday, Essential found Labor has a two-point advantage over the Coalition, while the Liberals are up two points on the Opposition.

In a head-to-head race, the survey found Labor was leading by four points with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 percentage points.

However in a three-way race, Labor held a two point lead with a three point margin of difference.

The ABC understands that the Coalition is planning to field two candidates in the first vote of the day, but has yet to make a decision.