Morrison not enough to save Coalition
JUST two weeks into the top job and Scott Morrison has already moved ahead of Opposition leader Bill Shorten as the preferred Prime Minister - but it doesn't look like the new PM's honeymoon boost will be enough to get voters on his party's side.
An exclusive Newspoll, conducted for The Australian between September 6-9, has the Coalition trailing Labor 44-56 on the two-party preferred vote. This makes it the 40th straight losing Newspoll for the current government.
And to rub salt into the wound, Labor has also lifted its primary vote a further point to 42 per cent on the back of the turmoil surrounding the government, which resulted in a bloodbath leadership spill on August 24.
Labor's solid primary vote marks the strongest support for the party in The Australian's Newspoll since the days following Kevin Rudd's dismissal in July 2010.
It is now almost at the level of popular support that led to Labor's 2007 landslide victory against John Howard.
Meanwhile, the Coalition primary vote increased one point from 33 to 34 per cent.
Mr Morrison's honeymoon boost has seen him overtake Labor leader Bill Shorten as preferred Prime Minister, at 42 to 36 per cent - a result which also makes him a more popular leader than Malcolm Turnbull.
His performance ratings were also encouraging, with 41 per cent of voters satisfied and 39 per cent dissatisfied.
Mr Shorten, on the other hand, didn't benefit from the leadership spill, with 51 per cent of voters dissatisfied with his performance and just 37 per cent of voters satisfied.
This article originally appeared in The Australian.