Federal Government has risen to an 18-month high in Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s home state of NSW, while support for Labor in the state has tumbled to its lowest level since before the 2013 election, the latest Newspoll reveals.
An analysis of Newspolls from the past three months showed, however, the Coalition continuing to struggle in Victoria and South Australia, while the ALP’s support in Queensland reached a five-year high, The Australian reported.
The June quarter analysis of 5771 voters showed satisfaction with Mr Abbott’s performance as prime minister, which rose in every state, among men and women and in every age group.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s popularity fell across every demographic group and in every state during the three-month period, except in SA.
In a two-party-preferred basis, Labor leads the Coalition 53 per cent to 47 per cent.
The biggest voting shift in the quarter was in NSW where the Coalition primary vote jumped three points to an 18-month high of 42 per cent — the government’s highest primary vote anywhere in the nation, The Australian reported.
At the same time, Labor plunged five points in NSW to 34 per cent as the Greens rose to 13 per cent.
Labor also lost ground in its strongest state of Victoria, with the ALP’s primary vote falling three points to 38 per cent as the government gained one point to 35 per cent and the Greens were steady at 14 per cent.
Support for the government fell two points in Queensland to 40 per cent, but it remained the Coalition’s second strongest state.
When asked who would make a better Prime Minister, overall results between Mr Abbott and Mr Shorten remained tied at 39 per cent each, with 22 per cent of pollsters ‘uncommitted’.
Mr Abbott posted gains in every demographic group and state, bouncing back from a disastrous March quarter.
His best result was a 14-point gain in SA after his stocks last quarter fell to just 19 per cent — the worst for any Prime Minister in Newspoll history.
– with AAP