Opinion polls show it’s a bad time to be in Opposition

The latest Guardian Essential Poll shows majority support for all major political leaders in the nation, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Premiers Daniel Andrews and Gladys Berejiklian, the latter two of whom have been embroiled in separate scandals:

Scott Morrison’s approval rating in the latest Guardian Essential poll is back to 66%, and he remains ahead of Anthony Albanese as preferred prime minister 53% to 24%…

Voter approval of the Morrison government’s management of the Covid-19 pandemic has also jumped, with 67% giving the Coalition the thumbs up (compared with 61% a fortnight ago).

The poll also records improvements in the approval ratings for state premiers in New South Wales and Victoria compared with a fortnight ago.

Gladys Berejiklian’s approval is up to 75% (compared with 68% two weeks ago), and approval of Daniel Andrews is back up to 65% (from 61%, which was an improvement from 54% in October).

A new poll from Roy Morgan also shows rampaging support for Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews:

ALP two-party support has jumped 7% to 58.5% after the end of Victoria’s nearly four-month lockdown compared to the L-NP on 41.5%…

The Roy Morgan survey also found 71% of Victorian electors approve of the way Premier Daniel Andrews is handling his job, up 12% since mid-October while 29% disapprove, down 12%…

Primary support for the ALP is now at 45%, up 5% points from four weeks ago and well ahead of the L-NP on 34.5%, down 5.5% points…

These results speak to two things: 1) the power of incumbency during a crisis; and 2) the uselessness of opposition parties.

Unconventional Economist

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