Voter support for the federal coalition does not seem to have wavered despite COVID-19 vaccine rollout problems, lockdowns in two states and a nationals spill.
The coalition’s primary vote was unchanged at 41 per cent, and satisfaction with Prime Minister Scott Morrison has lifted a point, according to the latest Newspoll published in Monday’s edition of The Australian newspaper.
The poll period covered the Victorian lockdown, slow vaccine rollout frustrations, the start of the Sydney lockdown and state border closures to NSW.
The opposition gained some ground with Labor’s primary vote lifting one point to 37 per cent while satisfaction with Anthony Albanese’s performance lifted two points to 40 per cent.
But the poll shows that 45 per cent of voters are still unsatisfied with the opposition leader’s performance, and 15 per cent were uncommitted.
When it came to deciding who would make the better prime minister, the result was unchanged for Mr Morrison at 53 per cent.
Mr Albanese gained a point, to 33 per cent, with 15 per cent undecided.
The two-party preferred split remains close. Labor inched one step forward to 51 per cent while the coalition took one step back to 49 per cent.
The Greens remained stable on 11 per cent while One Nation stayed the same at three per cent, The Australian’s report says.
The tiny shift to Labor appears to have come from other minor parties which fell from nine per cent to eight per cent.
The coalition’s primary vote remained about the same as its election result of 41 per cent but Labor’s primary vote of 37 per cent is up on its 2019 election result of 33.3 per cent.