The latest Newspoll has revealed Prime Minister Anthony Albanese holds the highest recorded satisfaction rating for an incoming Prime Minister since the question was first asked in 1985.
Conducted by The Australian, the Newspoll shows Albanese’s satisfaction rating is sitting at 61 per cent, 10 points higher than that of former Prime Minister Scott Morrison who held a rating of 51 per cent.
The data shows the overall approval rating for the Labor Party (ALP) has risen in the first two months since the Federal Election, rising from 32.6 per cent to 37 per cent, but is down from the 41 per cent achieved before the election.
— The Australian (@australian) July 31, 2022
Albanese also sits well above opposition leader Peter Dutton as preferred Prime Minister, with a lead of 59-25.
The satisfaction ratings come as Albanese’s government sat for the first time, as the 47th Parliament, to make good on the ALP’s election promises.
Today was a momentous day as the new Parliament sat for the first time.
On election day Australians voted for change and today we met in Canberra to deliver on it. pic.twitter.com/V3Y69eejPI
— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) July 26, 2022
The Prime Minister announced on Twitter that his government “will be a government for all Australians”, regardless of voter preference.
We will be a government for all Australians, no matter where they live, no matter who they voted for. pic.twitter.com/bmByH8rme6
— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) July 28, 2022
Speaking to reporters before the sitting, the PM spoke on the upcoming focus of the new Parliament.
“Today is a momentous day. It’s a day that confirms the change of government when the new Parliament sits for the first time,” Albanese said.
“I said on election night, on May 21, that Australians voted for change and indeed they did. And we have a mandate to implement that change.
“I want to see a Parliament that functions much better than the last one. One where there’s genuine debate and dialogue and discussion. I want more unity, less division. I want to bring the country together with a sense of our common purpose which is there. We have big challenges as a nation going forward.
“There are challenges with our economy, there are challenges with inequality in our society, but there’s also international challenges as well, in defence and our national security. Challenges that have been highlighted by the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but challenges as well that are in the Indo-Pacific region.”