Digital Desk, Canberra. Australia main opposition Labor Party has become the preferred party among voters to win the next federal election, a new poll has revealed.
New newspolls published on Sunday night found that 47 percent of voters expect Labor to form the government after the election, Xinhua news agency reported. The elections are due to be held by May 2022 while 37 percent expect the governing coalition to remain in power.
However, the gap is much greater than that in the lead-up to the 2019 election when 55 percent of voters pointed to a Labor victory only for the Coalition to secure a major victory and win a third term in government. According to the poll, Labor is currently leading the coalition 53-47 on a two-party preferred basis. The survey indicated that preference belongs to independent candidates who can have a major impact on election results. 13 percent of respondents said they intend to cast their first preference vote for smaller parties.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison continued to lead Labor leader Anthony Albanese as the voter’s favorite prime minister, with 45 percent electing the incumbent, compared to 36 percent for Albanese. The most significant change since the last election in mid-November was in the satisfaction ratings of leaders. For the first time since March 2020, Albany led Morrison in satisfaction, which is measured by subtracting the share of voters dissatisfied with his performance from satisfied voters. Albanese registered a negative six rating while Morrison had a negative 8 in 2020 compared to a positive 36 rating at the same time.
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