Tony Abbott’s perceived strong response to the Malaysia Airlines disaster has seen him achieve a ratings boost equal to any since the election campaign.
The prime minister’s 12-point jump in net voter satisfaction is his best result in three months, according to the latest Newspoll.
Published by The Australian, the poll shows voters approve of the performance and leadership shown by both Mr Abbott and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten in the aftermath of the MH17 tragedy.
The rise in support for the prime minister more than reverses the popularity setback he copped after the delivery of the May budget, and lifts him to equal billing with Mr Shorten as the nation’s preferred leader after 12 weeks on the outer.
The poll shows there has been almost no change in the standing of the parties in the past fortnight, with the Coalition and Labor both recording a primary vote of 36 per cent. The Greens hold 12 per cent and the Palmer United Party and the independents sit at 16 per cent.
In the two-party-preferred stakes, Labor still enjoys a lead of 54 per cent to 46 per cent.
Mr Abbott’s satisfaction rating has risen five points to 36 per cent while dissatisfaction with him has fallen seven points to 53 per cent.