Latest Newspoll shows Scott Morrison in lead as preferred PM

Apr 26, 2022
Scott Morrison takes the lead as preferred PM. Source: @scottmorrisonmp/Instagram

New data shows Prime Minister Scott Morrison has gained the lead as Australia’s preferred Prime Minister over his rival, Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese.

In a Newspoll conducted by The Australian, Morrison took the lead in a two-point rise, sitting at a 46 per cent approval rating and leaving him with the strongest position in his campaign so far.

The lead comes after the Prime Minister’s approval rating dropped amid home security fears raised over a deal between China and the Solomon Islands.

The two went head to head in their first election debate on Wednesday, April 20, with Albanases slamming Morrison for saying an “outrageous slur” after he stated Labor takes “China’s side”.

Albanese sits at an unchanged 37 per cent after an unfortunate beginning to his campaign trail saw him forced to sit out in home isolation after contracting Covid-19.

“Following a routine PCR test this afternoon ahead of interstate travel to Western Australia, I have returned a positive result for COVID this evening,” Albanese wrote on Twitter.

“I have been testing regularly as part of my election campaign duties. I will be isolating at home in Sydney for the next 7 days and will continue to follow health guidelines and advice.

“While at home I will continue my responsibilities as alternative Prime Minister and will be fighting for a better future for all Australians.

“I am grateful to know that I will have access to the world’s best health care if I need it, because of Medicare. I am feeling fine so far – and thank everyone for their well wishes.”

Morrison took to Twitter to wish his opponent well in his recovery.

The latest Newspoll shows Labor consistently holds the lead over the Coalition as the preferred party, 53-47, aligning with the last two surveys.


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