Two separate polls have confirmed voters disapprove of Bill Shorten and Tony Abbott almost equally.
The bad news was collected after parliamentary sittings delivered a lacklustre performance from the Opposition Leader and a Prime Minister under pressure from within and without on same-sex marriage.
In a Newspoll published in The Australian on Monday, Mr Shorten’s satisfaction rating remained at 28 per cent while his dissatisfaction hit a new high of 56 per cent.
Mr Abbott’s satisfaction fell by one point to a three-month low of 33 per cent — a six point reduction since the budget. His dissatisfaction rose four points to a four-month high of 60 per cent. Neither leader managed to muster a majority as preferred PM, the Newspoll found.
These results were supported by the latest Fairfax-Ipsos poll released Sunday night.
Mr Shorten’s disapproval rating shot up eight points to 55 per cent since June, while his approval rating suffered a six-point drop to 35 per cent, the Ipsos poll found.
Likewise, Mr Abbott’s disapproval rating rose five points to 59 per cent since June. His approval rating also dropped four points to 36 per cent, Fairfax reported.
“Australians don’t like either party leader, as evidenced by the approval and disapproval ratings,” Ipsos pollster Rob McPhedran said in a statement.
While the major parties suffered, the Greens seem to have improved their position.
The minor party now has 16 per cent of the primary vote, more than they have ever managed at an election.
Their added numbers have come from a two per cent drop in Labor’s vote, now 35 per cent, and a one per cent drop in the Liberals’, now 39 per cent.
On a two-party-preferred assessment based on 2013 preference flows, at 53 per cent Labor is streaks ahead of the Liberals’ 47 per cent.
Newspoll contradicted this stellar result for the Greens. It reported a dip of one point, down to 13 per cent, while other parties and independents fell two points to 10 per cent.