Support for Prime Minister Scott Morrison bounced back strongly in April after it dropped in March as rape allegations engulfed Parliament House, a Newspoll survey shows.
Mr Morrison’s approval rating rose to 59 per cent in April compared to 55 per cent a month earlier, according to the latest Newspoll published in Monday’s edition of The Australian newspaper.
Meanwhile Labor leader Anthony Albanese’s performance was approved by 40 per cent of respondents, down from 43 per cent.
It came after Mr Morrison’s approval dropped sharply from 64 per cent in mid-February to 55 per cent as he faced criticism over his handling of rape allegations against a minister’s staffer and then-attorney general Christian Porter.
In April, the Morrison government has worked to rescue Australia’s vaccine rollout after it was hit by supply and safety hurdles, pushing out the timeline.
Support for the federal Coalition also improved on a primary vote basis, although only marginally from 40 to 41 per cent, the Newspoll shows.
That’s a similar level to the Coalition’s results in the federal election in May 2019, but still lower than in Newspolls in January and February this year.
Primary vote support for Labor remained steady in April at 38 per cent. That is nearly five points higher than the 33.3 per cent the opposition recorded in the 2019 election.
Labor still edges the Coalition on a two-party preferred basis, with 51 per cent support compared to 49 per cent. That’s down from 52 per cent for Labor in March surveys.
But Mr Morrison holds a commanding lead over Mr Albanese when respondents were asked who would make the better prime minister.
The Prime Minister scored 56 per cent support in the head-to-head battle, up four points from March, compared to Mr Albanese’s 30 per cent, down two points.
The survey of 1514 voters was conducted between April 21-24.