Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s net approval rating has descended into negative territory for the first time, according to the latest Newspoll.
The poll, released on Sunday night and published in The Australian, suggests the prime minister’s honeymoon period is over with the 41 per cent of Australians satisfied with the prime minister now outnumbered by the 44 per cent of people who are dissatisfied.
Mr Morrison’s net rating of negative three per cent dropped 10 points from an all-time high of seven per cent a fortnight ago.
His predecessor Malcolm Turnbull maintained a negative approval rating in all but one poll after the 2016 election.
The Morrison government’s numbers also dipped – now a further point back on a two-party-preferred basis to trail Labor 46-54.
The coalition’s primary support also stepped back a point to 36 per cent – now lower than during the last Newspoll during Mr Turnbull’s tenure.
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Bill Shorten improved his net approval rating to negative 13 per cent and also closed the gap on preferred prime minister to eight points.
Mr Morrison is viewed as the better prime minister by 43 per cent of voters while Mr Shorten is better according to 35 per cent.
The weighted poll of 1646 voters from across the nation was taken between Thursday and Sunday and has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.4 per cent.
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