/ 17 May 2021

No Budget bounce for Morrison

The latest Newspoll is out, and despite the big-spending Budget being well received, it’s failed to give the Morrison Government a boost in support. The Australian this morning says the Budget was rated as ‘good for the economy’ by 44% of those polled, and 15% pegged it as ‘bad’. That’s the largest margin since 2007, making it “the best received budget since John Howard and Peter Costello,” the masthead says (paywall). But people are finding it hard to get a fix on what it means for them with a record 62% saying they didn’t know. The poll says the Coalition remains behind Labor in the two-party preferred stakes 49:51. Also relatively unchanged are PM Morrison and Labor leader Anthony Albanese’s appeal to voters with the incumbent rated as the preferred prime minister. The poll also shows 73% support for our international border remaining closed until at least the middle of next year.

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