Essential poll: Support for Coalition’s Covid handling lowest since outbreak began

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Sumary of Essential poll: Support for Coalition’s Covid handling lowest since outbreak began:

  • Support for the Coalition handling of the Covid-19 pandemic has fallen to its lowest level since the outbreak began, as almost half of all voters view the federal government less favourably than they did a year ago..
  • But the findings, contained in the latest Guardian Essential poll, also show that voters in locked-down Victoria are spreading the blame for the latest outbreak, with both the Coalition and the Andrews government losing ground over the past month among voters in the state..
  • job of managing the pandemic, the highest level since March last year, and six percentage points higher than when the same question was asked a fortnight ago..
  • Amid sustained criticism of Scott Morrison for the federal government handling of hotel quarantine and the vaccine rollout, the survey finds the criticism is starting to bite, with just over half (53%) of voters agreeing the government is doing a “good”.
  • This is a sharp drop in support since March, when 70% of people approved of the government response, and the lowest level since March last year, when about 45% approved of the government initial handling of the crisis..
  • The loss of support comes primarily from Victorians, where the positive rating for the federal government has fallen from 57% to 42% since May..
  • During the same period, the state Labor government has also taken a hit, with just 48% of people now saying its response to the pandemic has been “good”.
  • This is similar to the levels recorded in September (47%) and October (45%) after the Andrews government declared a state of disaster in August, which put in place the state extended lockdown….

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