Support for PM Drops: Newspoll

Jess Drummond |
Monday, August 31st, 2020

The battle over border restrictions and the handling of COVID-19 outbreaks in aged care are starting to hurt the federal government’s standing.

For the first time since the height of the pandemic, support for the Coalition and Opposition is deadlocked at 50 per cent each after preferences.

The Newspoll shows Scott Morrison remains preferred Prime Minister, but Labor leader Anthony Albanese has improved his standing.

The survey also shows 80 per cent of voters support the right to close state borders if the health situation demands it.

It comes as the federal government says common sense needs to prevail over border closures.

State and territory leaders are being asked to come up with a common definition of what constitutes a “hotspot” so entire states aren’t locked out of what are largely COVID-free jurisdictions.


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