Scott Morrison’s popularity has taken a hit in the latest survey of voters, which also shows support for the federal government remains steady.
The prime minister’s approval-rating has dropped seven per cent to 55 per cent in the past fortnight according to the Newspoll published by The Australian on Monday.
But Morrison maintains a clear margin over Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese, whose voter ‘satisfaction’ went from 42 per to 43 per cent.
The polling, conducted between Wednesday and Saturday, updates figures from two weeks earlier and spanned a period when the Coalition faced pressure over its handling of rape allegations, Women’s March 4 Justice and gender equity.
Morrison last week tried to apologise for his failings, saying “blokes don’t always get it right”, after copping widespread criticism for his failed attempt to reset debate on the treatment of women.
The prime minister will this week shuffle some ministerial portfolios after the absence of Defence Minister Linda Reynolds and Attorney-General Christian Porter, who is due to return to work after taking leave amid historical rape allegations.
Queensland MP Andrew Laming will not recontest his seat after getting a dressing down from the prime minister for his social media conduct towards women.
The Newspoll popularity result is the first time since March 2020 that Morrison’s rating has dropped below 60 per cent.
The survey of 1517 voters showed Labor with 52 per cent of two-party preferred votes, leaving the Coalition with 48 per cent, which is unchanged from earlier in March.
Morrison leads the ‘better prime minister’ stakes 52 per cent to 32 per cent, with 16 per cent of respondents uncommitted.