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.
Do you think the LNP should remove Tony Abbott?
This poll ended on 09 March 2015.
Yes. There are far better alternatives
No. The people should decide at the election
Yes. I like Malcolm Turnbull
Yes. I think Julie Bishop would be great
No. They should get on with running the country
No. What would journalists have to talk about then?
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
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