Of those surveyed, 68 percent were satisfied with the way Morrison is doing his job as the prime minister. This is the first time since 2008 that an Australian prime minister has had such a high approval rating.
Morrison's approval rating has been increasing since the beginning of April, managing to jump over 30 percentage points from 37 in January.
January was a difficult period for the Morrison government as the prime minister was facing public disapproval over his handling of the bushfire crisis in the summer months.
Approval Rating Due to Good GoverningUniversity of Tasmania researcher and poll analyst Kevin Bonham believes that Morrison has had a boost from his handling of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus. Bonham wrote on Twitter that there is often a bump in a prime minister's approval rating during times of crisis, like the Port Arthur massacre, Gulf War, and 9/11 among others.
Coalition Approval Rating SlidesThe current approval boost for Morrison has not translated into gains for the Coalition in the polls. Currently, the Newspoll survey has the two-party preferred vote showing a 50-50 split between the Coalition Party and the Labor Party. That is nearly a 2 percent swing toward the opposition Labor Party by voters since the May 2019 election.
The Greens Party and One Nation Party have also suffered a small loss in voter preferences with voters moving back toward the major parties.
The survey was conducted by YouGov for The Australian newspaper and interviewed 1,519 respondents online, between April 22 and 25.