Prime Minister Scott Morrison has eaten a shit sandwich in a new poll, showing plummeting support for his leadership amid the nation’s bushfire crisis.
As if mass demonstrations and countless viral clips hadn’t proved it enough, the latest Newspoll shows freefalling satisfaction in Morrison’s job performance. The Australian reports the PM now enjoys a net satisfaction rating of -22, down from December 2019’s rating of -3. I’m no statistician, but that doesn’t seem great.
If that wasn’t enough of an indicator of his current popularity, Opposition leader Anthony Albanese is now rated as the nation’s preferred Prime Minister on a 43-39 basis. That’s the first time since last year’s federal election that a Labor leader has edged Morrison in the polls.
But much of the ire seems focussed on Morrison, with the Coalition escaping a huge dip in support.
The poll suggests that if a federal election were held today, Labor would squeak ahead of the Coalition on a razor-thin 49-51 basis, up from last month’s predicted 48-52 loss. Primary support for the Coalition only sank 2 points to 40, still well ahead of Labor’s 36.
Taken together, the Newspoll seems to suggest that voter for support for the Coalition – which includes a deputy prime minister who called climate change concerns the ravings of “woke capital city greenies”, an environment minister who has only offered timid links to climate change, and a backbencher who rejects the science entirely – is pretty sturdy.
As The Australian put it: “Fears that the issue had severely damaged the government will be tempered.”
What could possibly come next for a dominant party whose leader’s reputation is in the loo?