The Chronicle

Bad news for ScoMo in poll


THE future is looking increasing­ly grim for the Morrison government as the Coalition’s approval rating plunges below Labor’s for the first time in more than two years.

According to the latest Newspoll, the Coalition’s primary vote has fallen to 36 per cent – the party’s lowest result since March 2019 and more than two points below its May 2019 election result.

Meanwhile, support for Labor jumped up to 40 per cent – the party’s best score since December 2018.

The Coalition’s devastatin­g result emerges as fear and anger about the spread of the Delta variant, states’ ongoing lockdowns, and a lack of vaccine supply takes hold of the country.

But it’s not all doom and gloom for the Prime Minister.

While Australian­s are increasing­ly dissatisfi­ed with Mr Morrison’s political party, his approval as a leader has shot up slightly.

Between Mr Morrison and Labor leader Anthony Albanese, half of Australian­s think Mr Morrison is a better leader, while only 34 per cent put their money on Mr Albanese.

This reflects a 1 per cent increase in confidence for Mr Morrison on the previous Newspoll in July and a 2 per cent decrease for Mr Albanese.

Mr Morrison’s highest approval rating this year has been 59 per cent.

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