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Lockdowns, bungled jabs take their toll on PM's approval ratings

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s personal approval rating has dived amid lockdowns in NSW, Victoria and Queensland and frustration with the vaccine rollout.

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There’s also been a fall in confidence in his federal government’s management of the pandemic as state governments try to stop the spread of COVID-19, according to the latest Newspoll published in Monday’s The Australian.

For the first time, more people – 49 per cent of those surveyed – say they are unhappy with Mr Morrison’s management of the pandemic.

People were even more unhappy with the prime minister’s handling of the vaccine rollout with 59 per cent of respondents saying they were dissatisfied.

Popular support for the federal coalition and Labor remains neck and neck at 39 per cent since the last poll three weeks ago.

The two-party-preferred split of 53-47 per cent, in Labor’s favour, also remains the same.

Morrison still leads Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese in the preferred prime minister stakes. Morrison dropped two points to 49 per cent while Albanese picked up three points to 36 per cent.

Satisfaction with Albanese’s personal performance remains the same as it was three weeks ago, at 38 per cent.

The Newspoll, conducted between August 4 and 7, was based on surveys of 1527 voters across metropolitan and regional areas.

Agriculture Minister and Nationals deputy leader David Littleproud told Nine’s Today show the coalition will “get a bloody nose” in the ratings but would stick to the course and continue to do the right thing.

He said the longer COVID went on the harder it was going to be for governments.

“You only have to look at how the community is reacting around the lockdown and the frustrations,” he said.

“All we can do is play the cards in front of us.

“We’re going to get a bloody nose from this but if we continue to focus on the polls rather than doing what’s right, we all lose.”

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