The federal coalition has narrowed Labor's slim lead in the latest Newspoll, which also shows voters are overwhelmingly in favour of the government's proposed terror travel laws.
The poll, published in The Australian, shows the coalition has picked up one point in the past fortnight in the two party-preferred results, trailing Labor 51 per cent to 49 per cent, but is still 4.5 points below its election result last year.
There has been no change in the primary votes of the two major parties since the previous Newspoll, with the coalition on 40 per cent and Labor on 34 per cent, however the Greens have dropped two points to sit at 11 per cent.
The poll, conducted over August 22-24, also shows 77 per cent of Australian are in favour of proposed new laws for travellers returning from countries such as Iraq and Syria having to prove they are not involved with terrorist groups.
A total of 18 per cent were against the laws and five per cent were uncommitted.
Despite the vote of confidence for the coalition's new laws, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has jumped above Tony Abbott in who would make a better prime minister.
Mr Shorten gained three points to 40 per cent, with Mr Abbott dropping two points to 39 per cent, while 21 per cent were uncommitted.