Support for Abbott Govt slumps in latest Newspoll!
From the files of “things you won’t read at News Limited today, “The Gutter Trash presents – Election Poll Armageddon for the Abbott Govt” (A tiny diversion into the realm of facts Production).
According to the latest Newspoll, support for the Coalition has slumped to its lowest level in three months.
Labor has increased its lead over the Coalition to 53% to 47% after preferences.
Labor’s primary vote remained steady at 34% while support for the Greens rose three points to 14% and support for independents and other parties was unchanged at 14%.
These figures translate to a two-party-preferred result of 53% for Labor (up two points since last month) and 47% for the Coalition (down two points).
Since the previous poll, the Abbott government has formally committed to military air strikes in Iraq (as part of its “humanitarian efforts”), pushed ahead with an expansion of security agency powers, issued “shirt-front” threats against Russian president Vladimir Putin, and rejected Labor’s pleas to send health teams to west Africa to help contain the spread of the Ebola virus.
The telephone poll of 1161 voters between Friday and Sunday shows the prime minister, Tony Abbott, and the opposition leader, Bill Shorten, each recorded a three-point decline in their satisfaction ratings.
About 38% of respondents said they were satisfied with Abbott’s performance while 53% expressed dissatisfaction, equating to a net approval score of minus 15 points.
Satisfaction with Shorten’s performance was 35% and dissatisfaction was 46%, or a net score of minus 11 points.
Asked to nominate their preferred prime minister, 39% opted for Abbott and 38% for Shorten.
In a one-off extra question, Newspoll asked voters whether they were in favour of Abbott’s intention to “confront” the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, over the shooting down of flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in July. About 63% expressed support while 27% were against a confrontation.