Shock new poll shows support for Labor has PLUNGED after Albo’s election campaign got off to a rocky start with a week of humiliating fumbles
- Anthony Albanese’s popularity with voters falls as support for Coalition grows
- Scott Morrison retakes lead from the Labor leader as preferred prime minister
- Comes after a week of gaffes from Opposition Leader on week one of campaign
Public support for Labor leader Anthony Albanese has plummeted after a week of humiliating election blunders he’d rather forget.
A surprising new poll has revealed support for Labor has dropped by four points from 38 per cent as Prime Minister Scott Morrison‘s popularity regains momentum.
Primary support for the Coalition government rose by one per cent by 35 per cent as Mr Morrison’s personal approval soared.
He has retaken the lead from Mr Albanese as Australia’s preferred prime minister and has seenhis popularly rise by two cent cent in the last fortnight to 38 per cent.
Mr Albanese’s popularity has plunged from 37 per cent to 30 per cent following a string of gaffes in recent days and now has five weeks left to change voters’ minds.
Support for Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese (pictured with partner Jodie in the NSW far north coast town of Bangalow on Sunday) has plummeted in the last fortnight
Up to 27 per cent of voters surveyed admitted they’re uncommitted of who they’ll vote for on May 21, a six per cent increase from a fortnight ago.
The latest poll conducted by Resolve Strategic for Nine newspapers surveyed more than 1,404 voters.
‘Every trend has gone the Coalition’s way in this latest poll – vote, leadership, policy, performance – so the electorate is judging that the government won the first week of the campaign,’ Resolve director Jim Reed said.
‘The calling of the election has moved voters from judging the government’s term to a choice between the parties and particularly their leaders. It was incredibly damaging for Albanese to trip up on critical issues at precisely that point.’
Around 44 per cent of voters surveyed believed Mr Morrison was doing a good job as Prime Minister while 47 per cent rated his performance as poor.
His performance rating of minus 3 points is a significant improvement on the minus 14 recorded two weeks ago.
When asked about the Opposition Leader, 35 per cent said Mr Albanese was doing a good job while 44 per cent rated his performance as poor, which saw his net rating slump from minus four points to minus nine.
It’s been a week of embarrassing gaffes for Mr Albanese in the first seven days on the campaign trail.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s popularity is back on the rise as he and his wife Jenny greeted children at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead
The campaign got off to a bad start last Monday when Mr Albanese admitted to reporters he didn’t know the current unemployment or the Reserve Bank cash rate.
Several days later, he was forced to clarify that off-shore immigration centres would remain after he earlier declared he would turn back people smuggling boats.
Mr Albanese spent Easter Sunday campaigning on the NSW far north coast and later received a rock star welcome from music fans at the Byron Bay Bluesfest.
The Prime Minister attended church with his family before hitting the campaign trail in the marginal western Sydney seat of Parramatta, which included a visit to The Childrens’ Hospital at Westmead.
Anthony Albanese received a warm welcome from Byron Bay Bluesfest attendees on Sunday, despite his waning popularity in a new poll