He has been prime minister for less than two months, but it seems that Aussie voters already prefer Scott Morrison to his predecessor Malcolm Turnbull.
According to the latest Newspoll results, published by The Australian, Morrison is considered a better option to go up against Labor leader Bill Shorten in a general election than Turnbull, who lost the top job in August following a second leadership spill in the Liberal party room.
The results show that the Coalition has regained much of the support it lost following Turnbull’s ousting, as they continue to close the gap on a two-party-preferred basis, trailing Labor 53 to 47, having regained three points since Turnbull resigned.
More than 1,700 voters were surveyed for the Newspoll, which comes just days before the crucial by-election in Turnbull’s former seat of Wentworth, in Sydney, which the PM warned could result in a hung parliament if Labor’s Tim Murray wins the vote.
The results, which were published on Monday, also revealed that voters believe Morrison is outperforming the Leader of the Opposition in every aspect of management, including the economy, delivering tax cuts and his handling of issues related to cost of living.
In the preferred prime minister vote, Morrison led Shorten 45-34 per cent, however the Opposition Leader has gained two points on his rival since the last Newspoll.
A third consecutive boost in the polls also saw the Coalition’s primary vote go up by one point to 37 per cent, which is an increase of four points since the figures plummeted to an all-time low of 33 per cent after Turnbull announced he was stepping down.
Bill Shorten also saw a boost in his personal approval ratings, after revealing his party’s eduction policy and pledging his support for the government’s tax cuts for small business. However it wasn’t all good news for the Labor leader, as his party’s primary vote dropped to 38 per cent, down from 42 per cent at the start of last month.
The Newspoll also showed an increase in support for the Greens as their primary vote went up by a point to 11 per cent. Other minor parties saw their primary vote drop to 8 per cent, while Pauline Hanson’s One Nation remained steady at 6 per cent.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg spoke to ABC Radio on Monday, following publication of the results, and said “people like what they see with Scott Morrison”, according to The Australian.
He added: “He’s leading as the preferred prime minister in all the major polls and he’s just getting started.”