Prime Minister Scott Morrison has moved well clear of Bill Shorten as preferred Prime Minister in the latest, much anticipated #Newspoll.
“It’s a massive gap and one from which an Opposition Leader has never, ever, in Australian political history attained the privilege of being this nation’s leader, especially at a time when the economy is booming and jobs abound, meaning everyone who has a go will get a go,” Wednesday’s edition of The Australian will say as it presents the results of its first Newspoll for the year (main picture above).
Normally released around 9.40pm Sundays after a polling week, last weekend’s Newspoll commissioned for the national broadsheet was delayed several days by technical issues – a lot of the numbers didn’t add up to 100 the way they were supposed to so they had to be scientifically adjusted – and will be officially “leaked” by Newscorpse around 9.40 tonight.
But The Bug can reveal many hours before its publication that The Australian will report: “Mr Morrison has more than doubled his lead as preferred PM over the hapless, trade-union puppet Bill Shorten. In the last Newspoll for 2018 on December 9, Mr Shorten inexplicably had narrowed the lead enjoyed by Mr Morrison to eight points – 44 per cent to 36 per cent”.
The Oz will report that in tonight’s poll, the PM’s lead is now a “whopping” 20 points ahead, with 52 per cent for the PM (up 8) and 32 per cent for Mr Shorten (down 4).
“Apart from showing that Mr Morrison and his strong, united ministerial team are now beginning to reap the rewards of good, strong, stable economic management that only the LNP has ever been able to provide for this nation, it’s important to once again restate the fact that no Opposition Leader has ever become the nation’s leader from such a poor standing on the most crucial of all Newspoll comparisons,” the paper will say.
“The poll results will almost certainly reignite leadership rumours within the Labor Party, with Anthony Albanese’s numbers men reportedly already phoning nervous Opposition backbenchers.”
In the poll of 1482 people surveyed from last Wednesday to Saturday, the simple question was put to respondents: “Who do you prefer to have as a Prime Minister we can show off to the world? Scott Morrison, with a relatively unblemished face that’s not particularly handsome but is passable in a blokey Aussie sort of way or Bill Shorten, the alternate Prime Minister who’s never done the job, mind, with a face full of ugly moles and who looks a bit weasel-like and shifty in a snake-in-the-grass sort of way?”
In other #newspoll news, the two-party preferred vote has improved slightly for the government, with Labor still enjoying a commanding lead 54%-46%.