Support for the coalition has slumped further and Labor has a strong lead among voters with a federal election just months away, a Newspoll says.
The opposition is ahead 56-44 on a two-party preference basis, the coalition’s worst polling performance since September 2018, according to the survey conducted for the Australian newspaper.
As the coronavirus pandemic drags on, Labor has increased its lead since the last poll on December 6 when it led 53-47.
Labor’s primary vote rose three points to 41% while that of the coalition fell two points to 34%.
In other bad news for the government, Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s net satisfaction rating fell 11 points to -19 while Labor leader Anthony Albanese’s fell from negative numbers to zero.
Mr Albanese also narrowed the gap between his rival for preferred Prime Minister to just 43-41 in favor of Mr Morrison, down from 45-36 in the last poll.
For the first time, more voters polled thought Labor was in a better position to lead Australia out of the COVID-19 pandemic (33%) than the Coalition (32%).
The survey of 1,526 voters indicated a one-point increase in the Greens primary vote to 11% while One Nation remained stable at 3%.
Support for independents and smaller parties fell two points to 11%, according to the poll, which was conducted online between January 25 and 28.
A federal election is to be held by the end of May.