By Eliza Borello and Jane Norman, ABC.
Senior Liberals believe the latest opinion poll shows voters do not want the party room to cut down Tony Abbott as prime minister.
The Fairfax Ipsos poll has the Coalition’s primary vote up four percentage points to 42, ahead of Labor’s, which is down four points to 36.
The result is outside the poll’s 2.6 per cent margin of error.
After preferences the Coalition now trails Labor by just two points, 49 to 51.
The numbers echo last week’s Newspoll.
Trade Minister Andrew Robb says the poll shows voters do not want the Prime Minister dumped.
“The solid dismissal of the spill motion just three weeks ago showed that overwhelmingly colleagues wanted to see the Prime Minister given some clear air and the opportunity to get things back on track and I do feel that the significant turnaround in the polls is also conclusive proof that the voters want that as well,” Mr Robb said.
On the question of preferred prime minister, Mr Abbott’s ratings jumped five points to 39, still five shy of Bill Shorten, who is on 44 per cent.
Mr Abbott is poised to try to shift the focus to the economy and national security this week, with the next intergenerational report due on Thursday and indications the Prime Minister will announce more Australian soldiers will be sent to to train the Iraqi military.
The Prime Minister is also set to dump the $5 Medicare co-payment, a policy unpopular with a large number of his backbenchers.
Mr Abbott hosted a function for Coalition MPs last night as part of an effort to shore up support for his leadership.