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 Newspoll: Morrison and Albanese lose to minor parties

20.09.21.  Popular support for federal Labor has fallen amid a decline in personal approval for Anthony Albanese, who has slipped to his lowest net satisfaction ratings since becoming Opposition Leader more than two years ago. An exclusive Newspoll conducted for The Australian shows Scott Morrison also losing ground, with his own personal support dropping to its lowest net levels since the 2020 bushfires. The significant falls in satisfaction in the performances of both federal leaders came as voters increasingly looked to park their support with minor parties as lockdowns continue in the two most populous states, NSW and Victoria. The latest poll surveyed voters prior to and following the announcement on Thursday of the nuclear submarine deal as part of a tripartite defence pact between the US, UK and Australia.

Source: Simon Benson, NCA

Scott Morrison and Albanese lose support to minor parties

It shows Labor’s primary vote falling two points to 38 per cent, which follows a three-year high of 40 per cent in the ­previous poll that was conducted in late ­August.
The Coalition primary vote rose a point to 37 per cent. This was a slight improvement on the previous poll, which showed support for the Liberal/Nationals at the lowest level since March 2019.’
This three-point turnaround in primary support for the major parties has marginally improved the two-party-preferred contest for the Coalition, which has gone from being behind 46-54 per cent in the previous poll to 47-53 per cent in the latest survey.
There has been no movement in support for the Greens party, which remains on 10 per cent, and Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, which has 3 per cent.
Votes for minor parties con­tinued to rise, lifting another point to 12 per cent.
This marks a four-­percentage-point increase in ­support since the beginning of Aug­ust and is consistent with levels of support at the last election.
In the head-to-head contest of who would make the better prime minister, Mr Morrison’s lead has reduced to 47-35 per cent, compared with 50-34 per cent in the previous poll – the closest margin between the leaders since March 2020.
Mr Morrison, however, has had to contend with fresh controversy surrounding Christian ­Porter and revelations of a blind trust set up to pay his legal fees for a defamation case against the ABC.
Having recovered ground in the previous poll, Mr Morrison’s approval ratings have again fallen, slipping three points to 46 per cent.
His disapproval ratings have risen three points to 50 per cent, resulting in a net negative satisfaction rating of minus four.
This is his worst result since March 2020 but still well above the worst ever result of minus-22 during the height of the bushfire season.
Mr Albanese also suffered a three-point fall to 37 per cent approval, while incurring a one point rise in dissatisfaction to 48 per cent.
His net negative approval ratings of -11 is his worst result since he replaced Bill Shorten as Labor leader in 2019 following the last federal election.

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  • Bob Ford 20/09/2021, 6:01 am

    It is time for a new government. Australia lacks a credible and forthright leader. A person with no baggage and a history of business success.
    Donald Trump is spoken for but Clive Palmer is well known and has put his hand up !?

    • Lorraine 20/09/2021, 9:08 am

      I agree with you let Clive Palmer get good people into Government. he is for Australia…..Craig Kelly has belled the cat with Ivermectin & HCQ and the Chief medical O’s is silent……WHY also Media ar e silent on the drug that has cured INDIA.

      • DT 20/09/2021, 11:09 am

        How many seats did the Palmer party get at the 2019 election?

        Answer: ZERO

  • Pensioner Pete 20/09/2021, 6:23 am

    Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party according to reports, are gaining a large number of new members, and with the resources available to Clive Palmer this party is becoming an alternative for voters, whilst Pauline Hanson’s One Nation will do much better should the administration of One Nation be purged and the party actually supported their candidates, something sorely missing at the last Queensland State elections leading to a disastrous outcome for One Nation.

    • Aktosplatz 20/09/2021, 7:11 am

      The usual risk of this corrupt electoral system is the splitting of the conservative vote because the those preferences “slide” down to the LNP anyway. I detest this system.

      • Maryanne 20/09/2021, 9:44 am

        We plebs can still starve the mongrels of the monetary value of our votes. A small consolation but still it’s something.

      • DT 20/09/2021, 11:12 am

        I agree, preferential voting system is badly flawed and far too often preferences flow past the choice of voters, and a candidate benefits who is often not one that the voter favours.

        We should have first past the post voting as the UK has, we vote for the candidate of our choice and the candidate with the most votes wins.

    • Botswana O'Hooligan 20/09/2021, 9:37 am

      If either Clive or Pauline field a candidate in this electorate they will get a great many former LNP supporting them. At the risk of the pencil in the booth stabbing me clean through the heart I will do likewise for the only difference between the Morrison Government and a Labor one is that most probably Labor wouldn’t have spent more than the Feds because it’s nigh on impossible to do so, and if they could they would have had to hire more people to shovel the money out thus providing a few more jobs.

  • Penguinite 20/09/2021, 8:10 am

    Time for Peter Dutton to step up!!

    • DT 20/09/2021, 11:20 am


      Isn’t Peter Dutton the Minister for Defence in the Coalition Government and a Liberal or LNP MP? The Liberal/LNP MPs choose their PM after each election if the Coalition regains government.

      And from what I have observed Peter Dutton is firmly supporting Scott Morrison, and contrary to the dreamtime politics it was the leadership of PM Morrison and support of his Cabinet that enabled Minister Dutton and the PM to negotiate with the US and UK on the new alliance and nuclear submarines.

      Also for Patriot missiles to protect military bases here that are now used by our allies alongside the ADF, new much longer range missiles for air attack and defence purposes and very long range missiles to be manufactured here under licence.

      Earlier agreements have included a new naval base at East Timor, reconstruction of the PNG base at Manus Island and a new Darwin Harbour naval base. And another is the decision to lengthen the runway at Tindal RAAF Base to handle USAF long range bombers.

      And increased real increases in spending on Defence in future Budgets.

  • JK. 20/09/2021, 9:24 am

    Your dead right AKTO… the voting system in this country is as rigged as the USA system and full of holes in security.

    • luk1955 20/09/2021, 9:00 pm

      The US voting system was quite good and honest until the computers were brought into the voting, which allowed dishonest manipulation of the voting process. I worked in several US elections counting votes before the computers were brought in.

  • Maryanne 20/09/2021, 9:47 am

    Why oh why do people still vote for the major parties! They’re both proven duds. Useless. Full of third rate people looking for a comfortable retirement without working for it.

    • wal1957 20/09/2021, 10:10 am

      Totally agree Maryanne.

    • DT 20/09/2021, 11:33 am

      Because when the position is carefully analysed there is not one minor party capable of defeating the major parties, Liberal/LNP and National or Labor and Greens supporters and preferences.

      And that is why the Two Party Preferred System is the basis for political discussion and analysis.

      Voters who choose minor party and independent candidates waste their vote more often than not, the preferential voting system makes sure of that.

      In my opinion in more recent times beginning, but then not so obvious, around the time Keating Labor lost government in 1996. Both sides split into leftists and centre spectrum on both major party sides.

      Recently Labor MP and former Labor Minister Fitzgibbons talked about the left side of Labor and the danger they present to our nation in so many ways. Liberals and Nationals have talked about their left leaning colleagues in a similar way.

      I do not have an answer to this problem but I will do my best to vote for candidates Federal and State who are conservative in the centre regardless of them leaning slightly left or right: centre-left or centre-right.

      And I will avoid Independent candidates, in my case meaning preferences. The trend since NSW Labor Minister Eddie Obeid set up a team of Labor supporting Independents in NSW, two later switching to Federal seats and supporting Gillard Labor in 2010, has been to use people who masquerade as Independent candidates to fool voters.

      Remember 2019 and the union established GetUp activist organisation targeting Liberal-National MPs and pretending to be “sensible right” when they were from the globalist left and also supported by renewables business interests.

  • Eliza 20/09/2021, 10:21 am

    If you do not want the major parties to get your vote, go below the line and tick every box. That way you can choose whom you are giving your preferences to.
    I agree with what has been written about our voting system but until we the people start to take control nothing will change.
    The protests this weekend were brilliant but as usual the MSM choose to distort the facts and blame the people NOT the confrontal, aggressive cops.

  • Xword 20/09/2021, 10:47 am

    Interesting ploy by the United Australia Party to seek a bill for a referendum to abolish state governments to be held concurrently with next election. Good grief … you can almost feel the earth tremors from the shaking fence Scomo sits on.

    • John 20/09/2021, 11:08 am

      X, Trouble is with abolishing State Govts what do you replace them with?. A pampered proportionately expanded Canberra isolated in their ivory towers of self regard?. More rank and file melee`s of mediocre minions brown nosing their time away in how to be promoted to Clerk Grade xx?. Maybe like the Yanks have the ability to “recall” a pollie as in California. Somehow the power has to be returned to the people and not politicians.

    • DT 20/09/2021, 11:35 am

      Maybe he has not studied the history, British Colonies formed the Federation of States to form the Commonwealth of Australia and a Federal Government, and Constitutional Laws?

      That referendum would be a very complicated legal minefield.

      Clive is however a showman.

  • Lorraine 20/09/2021, 11:29 am

    DT Palmer may not have got a seat last election,,,,,,but he sure killed Labor in Queensland allowing the Liberals to win……

    • DT 20/09/2021, 11:37 am

      Thanks Lorraine, he spent a huge amount of money on advertising too.

  • Cliff 20/09/2021, 12:24 pm

    It would be a complete dog’s breakfast if we ended up with ten minor parties making up Parliament. But I think we’ve reached the stage where a dog’s breakfast would be infinitely more preferable to what we’ve got now with Labor Full Strength and Labor Lite (a.k.a. the Liberal ParDy).

    The ONLY way the message will ever permeate through to the denizens who run the Liberal Party machine that they are getting it wrong, wrong and doubly WRONG is for them to lose so many seats that they cannot ignore what has been staring them in the face since well before they committed political seppuku by putting Malcolm Turnbull in as leader.

    Hopefully, many conservative third party candidates will win seats and see off the dead (or should that be ‘wet’?) wood that makes up far too much of today’s Liberal Party. Sadly, even though I believe there’ll be a big swing to third party candidates, I can’t see it being big enough to actually win seats.

  • Margaret 20/09/2021, 5:16 pm

    Riccardo Bosi of AustraliaOne Party gave a powerful speech last week.

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