Scott Morrison has declared himself the underdog in next year’s federal election amid the Coalition’s flailing popularity with Australian voters.
The Prime Minister has declared he is the underdog in next year’s federal election amid the Coalition’s flailing popularity with Australian voters, revealed in the latest Newspoll.
Scott Morrison has ramped-up his campaign in marginal seats, touring the suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne to spruik his climate credentials and economic management.
Mr Morrison said it was “fairly clear” he was not the frontrunner to win the upcoming election as he visited the Western Sydney suburb of St Mary’s in the marginal electorate of Lindsay on Monday.
Asked if he was the underdog, the Prime Minister said: “I think that is fairly clear. But I have been there before, on more than one occasion.”
According to the latest Newspoll for The Australian, there has been a two-point lift in the primary vote for the Coalition to 37 per cent, but the government still trails Labor on 38 per cent.
The lift in the Coalition’s popularity has come at the cost of Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, which fell a point to two per cent, while support for other minor parties fell to 12 per cent. Support for the Greens remains at 11 per cent.
On a two-party-preferred basis, the Coalition continues to trail Labor 47-53 per cent.
But, when voters were asked who their preferred Prime Minister would be, Mr Morrison remains the frontrunner – albeit down two points, while Mr Albanese gained four points.
Satisfaction in Mr Morrison’s performance as leader has dropped to 44 per cent, while satisfaction rose two point to 52 per cent. This is the lowest net approval rating for Mr Morrison since March 2020, at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mr Albanese’s net approval also slipped, with dissatisfaction rising to 48 per cent, while satisfaction rates remained at 37 per cent.
The poll comes as Liberal frontbenchers all-but confirmed the next federal election would not be until May next year.
Defence Minister Peter Dutton told viewers of Nine’s Today program to “buckle up” for six months of pre-election campaigning.
The Opposition Leader has also begun making his way around NSW and Victoria, meeting with local candidates and hitting back at the government’s climate change plans.
Source: News AU