The latest Morgan Poll remains unchanged with the Coalition maintaining a healthy lead over Labor.
The poll, released on Monday, revealed that on a two-party-preferred basis, support for the Coalition stayed at 56 per cent, while support for the Labor Party remained at 44 per cent. The results are on par with the last Morgan Poll, released in mid-November.
Meanwhile, primary support was slightly up for both major parties, with the Coalition up 0.5 per cent to 46.5 per cent, and the ALP also up 0.5 per cent to 28.5 per cent.
Support for the Greens was down 0.5 per cent to 14 per cent while Katter’s Australian Party is 1 per cent (down 1 per cent), Palmer United Party is 1 per cent (unchanged) and Independents/ Others are at 9 per cent (up 0.5 per cent).
Roy Morgan Research executive chairman Gary Morgan said the honeymoon for the Turnbull government appeared to be continuing, but there was still some policy work that needed to be done.
“Today’s Morgan Poll shows the Turnbull government’s honeymoon continuing as Australia heads towards Christmas. This week Prime Minister (Malcolm) Turnbull has travelled to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta – his first meeting with the Queen since becoming Prime Minister, and on to the United Nations Climate Conference in Paris,” he said.
“However, despite the issues of global warming and terrorism dominating the news headlines lately, Turnbull’s most important task as Prime Minister is to ensure a growing Australian economy which provides gainful employment to as many Australians as possible.
“Ultimately it is job creation and sustainable economic growth in Australia which will decide the success or otherwise of Turnbull’s Prime Ministership.
“To be a successful Prime Minister Turnbull needs to take advantage of the boost to confidence his ascension to the top job has created – this week the Roy Morgan Government Confidence Rating is at 122 – the highest it’s been since March 2011 and not allow Labor and the Greens to obstruct the implementation of overdue reforms to the Australian economy.
“If they continue to hold-up needed reforms, Turnbull must bypass this ‘blackmail’ and let Australian electors decide by calling an election early in 2016.”
Confidence in the government remains high, with a majority of Australians surveyed saying that Australia is ‘heading in the right direction’.
The Morgan Poll on Federal voting intention was conducted via face-to-face and SMS interviewing over the last two weekends with an Australia-wide cross-section of 3500 Australian electors.