Anthony Albanese Preferred PM As Morrison's Popularity Takes A Dive
Scott Morrison has taken a beating in the latest Newspoll over his handling of Australia's bushfire crisis.
Labor is ahead of the coalition for the first time since the federal election and Prime Minister Scott Morrison's approval rating has plunged, according to the latest Newspoll.
Labor is in front 51-49 on a two-party-preferred basis in the poll conducted for The Australian -- a significant turnaround from the last Newspoll in early December when the coalition led 52-48.
The Coalition's primary vote has dropped two points to 40 per cent, while Labor's has increased from 33 to 36 per cent since early December.
Approval for Morrison tumbled from 45 to 37 per cent, while Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese's rating leapt from 40 to 46 per cent.
Scott Morrison Flags Royal Commission Into Bushfire Crisis, 'Evolution' Of Climate Policies
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has acknowledged a national review into the country's bushfire crisis would need to look at the role of climate change, flagging "evolving" the government's policies on greenhouse gas emissions.
Since the last poll, Morrison has faced sustained criticism over his handling of the bushfire crisis, especially his decision to take a family holiday in Hawaii.
He was met with anger and frustration during his visits to fire-affected communities.
Albanese has overtaken Morrison as preferred prime minister and leads the Liberal leader 43 to 39 per cent, according to the survey of 1505 voters conducted from January 8-11.
Support for the Greens rose one point to 12 per cent, while One Nation lost ground, falling one point to four per cent.
Backing for other minor parties dropped off one point to eight per cent.