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Morrison's fortunes on the rise as he doubles up Albo as preferred PM


Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s personal approval rating continues to rise during the coronavirus crisis, according to Newspoll, but the Coalition and Labor are neck and neck on a two-party preferred basis.

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Morrison leads Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese 56 to 28 as the public’s preferred prime minister, according to the poll conducted for The Australian.

Of those surveyed 68 per cent said they were satisfied with the prime minister’s performance, up from 61 per cent earlier in the month.

But the Coalition and Labor are 50-50 on a two-party preferred basis, according to the Newspoll.

The Coalition enjoyed a two-point lead at the start of April.

Primary vote support for the Coalition fell back a point to 41 per cent since the last poll, while Labor improved its primary vote two points to 36 per cent.

The boost for Labor, which trailed 51-49 two-party preferred three weeks ago, came as the Greens and Pauline Hanson’s One Nation lost ground.

One Nation fell a point to 4 per cent, the Greens fell a point to 12 per cent and other minor parties lifted a point to 7 per cent.

Participants were also asked if they’d be prepared to install and use the government’s new COVID-19 tracer app, with 54 per cent indicating they would and 39 per cent indicating they wouldn’t.

The survey is based on interviews of 1519 voters, conducted online, between April 22 and 25.

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