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COVID curse: PM, Albanese both lose ground in Newspoll


Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese’s approval ratings have slipped in the latest Newspoll as the lockdowns in NSW and Victoria drag on.

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The poll found support for both Prime Minister and Opposition Leader has fallen, while the Liberal-National coalition has clawed back some ground from Labor.

Morrison’s approval rating slipped three percentage points since August to sit at 46 per cent in the latest poll, published by The Australian, amid continued lockdowns in NSW and Victoria.

It is the prime minister’s lowest net level of personal support since the 2020 Black Summer bushfires.

Albanese’s approval rating also dropped three percentage points to 37 per cent.

Morrison still enjoys a 47-35 lead over the Labor leader as preferred prime minister, but the margin has narrowed from 50-34 in the last poll, published on August 30.

Meanwhile Labor’s primary vote slipped two points to 38 per cent while the Coalition’s rose one point to 37 per cent.

In a two-party-preferred contest Labor now leads the Coalition 53-47, compared with 54-46 at the last poll.

Support for the Greens remained steady on 10 per cent and One Nation also held at three per cent.

The other minor parties gained a percentage point to 12 per cent.

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