LOST SHEEN: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
LOST SHEEN: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. DAVID MOIR

Turnbull unlikely to be replaced

MALCOLM Turnbull may have fallen out of favour with more voters over the past week, but it is unlikely the Coalition will be tempted to replace him as it heads towards a July election.

That is the verdict from two of the nation's top political minds - Professor Clement Macintyre, from the University of Adelaide, and QUT's Dr Mary Crawford.

They told ARM Newsdesk yesterday that the Liberal-Nationals would leave Mr Turnbull in the top job even though a fresh Newspoll of 1743 voters had put Labor in front of the Coalition 51% to 49% on two-party terms.

It is the first time the Coalition has trailed in the polls since Tony Abbott's ousting seven months ago.

The PM's personal approval rating slipped one point to 38% and Labor leader Bill Shorten's rose four points to 32%.

The PM's slide follows his controversial decision to ask the states to levy their own income taxes.

"There's no doubt there is a degree of disillusionment with the leadership Malcolm Turnbull is giving," Prof Macintyre said.

There is speculation that backbencher Kevin Andrews could challenge Mr Turnbull for the leadership.

Dr Crawford said a tussle for the top job would add to the Coalition's woes.

"People want a government that's seen to be doing things and to be moving on," she said.