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Australia PM Scott Morrison’s approval rating dropped to lowest level amid lockdowns

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According to a new poll released on Monday, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s approval rating has dropped to its lowest level since March 2020.

According to the Newspoll survey, Morrison’s personal approval rating has dropped into negative territory for the first time since the coronavirus hit Australia, according to the Xinhua news agency.

According to the poll, the proportion of voters satisfied with Morrison’s handling of the pandemic has dropped from 52% in mid-July to 48% now, compared to a record-high 85% in April 2020.

For the first time since April 2020, when restrictions were first implemented across Australia to prevent the spread of Covid-19, more voters were dissatisfied than satisfied with Morrison, giving him a net rating of negative two.

The poll was conducted in the midst of growing dissatisfaction with Australia’s troubled vaccine rollout.

So far in August, approximately half of Australia’s population in New South Wales, Victoria, and Queensland has been placed under lockdown to prevent the spread of the Delta variant.

On Sunday, the death toll rose from 923 at the end of last month to 936.

In the midst of the country’s worst outbreak in a year, Newspoll found that support for Morrison’s handling of the vaccine rollout fell two points from mid-July to 38 percent.

Rising discontent with Morrison has left the Coalition party facing an uphill battle to win a fourth consecutive term in government at the general election, which is scheduled for before May 2021.

According to Newspoll, the opposition Labor Party leads the Coalition on a two-party preferred basis 53-47, its equal-largest lead since the 2019 election.


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Brendan Byrne

While studying economics, Brendan found himself comfortably falling down the rabbit hole of restaurant work, ultimately opening a consulting business and working as a private wine buyer. On a whim, he moved to China, and in his first week following a triumphant pub quiz victory, he found himself bleeding on the floor based on his arrogance. The same man who put him there offered him a job lecturing for the University of Wales in various sister universities throughout the Middle Kingdom. While primarily lecturing in descriptive and comparative statistics, Brendan simultaneously earned an Msc in Banking and International Finance from the University of Wales-Bangor. He's presently doing something he hates, respecting French people. Well, two, his wife and her mother in the lovely town of Antigua, Guatemala.

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