A new poll has revealed that voter support for Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has declined in 18 months, the lowest level since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
The proportion of voters satisfied with Morrison’s performance fell three points to 46 percent since the end of August, according to the latest NewsPoll poll, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday.
This increased the number of voters dissatisfied with Morrison by 50 percent.
This is Morrison’s lowest net rating since March 2020 and a major drop from the positive minus 34 rating in September 2020.
In August, 50 percent of voters chose the incumbent Morrison as their preferred prime minister, compared with 34 percent for Anthony Albanese, the leader of the opposition Labor Party.
The difference between the two narrowed down to 12 points in the latest poll, with 47 percent preferring Morrisons and 35 percent Albanese.
Albanese Labor leads Morrison’s coalition 53–47 on a two-party preferred basis, marking five consecutive newspapers where the opposition has dominated.
The vote was taken at a time when almost half of Australia’s population was under lockdown to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
As of Monday, there have been a total of 85,629 confirmed coronavirus cases in Australia, while the death toll stands at 1,162.
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