Anthony Albanese remains ahead of Peter Dutton as the preferred PM: RPM data

“Positive public sentiment rose in our year-end December track and respondents told us they were glad to shut down and switch off their tools after a year of COVID, flooding, war and pressure on the cost of living.”

When asked which party and leader they felt would be best placed to manage major policies, voters backed Labor and Albanese on 16 policies, moving the coalition and Dutton on national security and defense a single percentage point, a result within the margin of error.

Labor and Albanese had a narrow lead on national security and defense in the Resolve Political Monitor in August, the first poll conducted after the May election, but lost the lead in subsequent polls. The latest poll showed 33 per cent of voters backed Labor and Albanese on the issue, while 34 per cent supported the coalition and Dutton and 26 per cent were undecided.

On foreign policy and trade, however, 45 percent preferred Labor and Albanese, while 24 percent named the Coalition and Dutton, and 24 percent were undecided.

On economic management, 37 percent of respondents preferred Labor and Albanese, while 29 percent named the coalition and Dutton, and 26 percent were undecided.

In terms of handling the COVID-19 situation, 36 per cent named Labor and Albanese as best to deal with the problem, while 21 per cent supported the Coalition and Dutton while 33 per cent were undecided.

The government also had a double-digit lead on key metrics of political performance when voters were asked which party and its leader communicated well, listened, offered strong leadership and had a vision for the country.

For example, when asked which side is honest and trustworthy, 35 percent named Labor and Albanese, while 13 percent named the Coalition and Dutton, and 39 percent were undecided.

When asked which side was responsible, 44 percent named Labor and Albanese, while 19 percent named the Coalition and Dutton, and 27 percent were undecided.

Former Prime Minister Scott Morrison had a narrow lead over Albanese ahead of last May’s election when voters were asked about their preferred prime minister, but the results changed dramatically after the election with Albanese taking power and Dutton in the Liberal leadership party was elected.

While 36 percent of voters named Albanese as their preferred prime minister in the Resolve poll just before the May election, that figure rose to 55 percent in the August poll and has remained at that level ever since.

When asked in the most recent poll, 55 percent of voters chose Albanese, up from 54 percent in December, and 20 percent chose Dutton, up from 19 percent in December. Albanese thus maintained its lead of 35 percentage points.

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/albanese-still-well-ahead-of-dutton-as-preferred-prime-minister-resolve-poll-20230124-p5ceyd.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_politics_federal Anthony Albanese remains ahead of Peter Dutton as the preferred PM: RPM data

Callan Tansill

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