Coalition suffers worst opinion poll result since 2011
After three months in government, support for Coalition falls to its lowest level in nearly three years.
According to the latest Newspoll, Labor now leads on preferences for the first time since Julia Gillard was elected prime minister.
After three months of an Abbott-led government, more voters are dissatisfied with the prime minister than satisfied.
Labor’s two-party-preferred support has jumped five percentage points to put the ALP in front 52% to 48%.
The Coalition’s primary vote fell three percentage points to 40%, while Labor’s rose three points to 38%.
Labor’s primary vote is back to the level it was in July, just after Kevin Rudd replaced Gillard as prime minister.
Voters are also now more satisfied with the way Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is doing his job than Prime Minister Tony Abbott, the Newspoll found.
Voter satisfaction with the Prime Minister fell two percentage points to 40 per cent, while dissatisfaction rose three percentage points to 45 per cent, giving a negative personal satisfaction rating of minus five.
Mr Shorten’s satisfaction rating jumped to 44 per cent, while dissatisfaction was unchanged at 27 per cent. Mr Abbott remains preferred prime minister but his lead over Mr Shorten has narrowed again to 41 per cent to 34 per cent.
The shift towards Labor, first recorded in the November 25 Nielsen poll, began before Education Minister Christopher Pyne was forced to backtrack after saying he would dump Labor’s Gonski schools funding program.
Other pollsters have found that women are shifting away from the Coalition much faster than men.
THE ABBOTT GOVT’S AMAZING SUCCESS STORY!
The dramatic fall from favour may be attributed to the Government’s track record of success stories it has achieved in the space of the last three months:
- Bungling the relationship with Indonesia
- Offending China
- Attempting to destroy Gonski then performing a major triple backflip somersault
- Hiding the boats
- That climate change crap
- Abandoning Holden
- Something about Qantas
It’s the comedy show that doesn’t stop giving!