Coalition support falls in latest Newspoll

Support for the coalition has fallen to its lowest level since before the last federal election, according to the latest Newspoll, as large parts of Australia remain in lockdown due to COVID-19.

However, Scott Morrison has edged further ahead as preferred prime minister over Labor’s Anthony Albanese.

The Liberal-National parties’ primary vote has fallen three points to 36 per cent, while Labor’s rose a point to 40 per cent.

The results are the lowest primary vote for the coalition since March 2019 and the highest for Labor since 2018, according to the Newspoll published in The Australian.

Labor has stretched its two-party preferred lead another two points – giving them 54 per cent to the Coalition’s 46 per cent.

The fall in the Morrison government’s fortunes comes amid concerns over rising COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant, particularly record numbers in NSW, and associated lockdown measures.

Despite the fall in coalition support, Mr Morrison remains preferred PM by a significant margin, increasing a point to 50 per cent compared with 34 per cent for Mr Albanese, who had a two-point drop.

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