Scott Morrison overtakes Anthony Albanese as Prime Minister of choice, but Labor stays ahead in primary



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Scott Morrison has become the prime minister of choice in the latest poll results as support for Labor has dwindled slightly with the federal election due in just under six weeks.

Scott Morrison has become Prime Minister-elect over Anthony Albanese as support for Labor begins to wane.

An exclusive News Poll for The Australian showed that the opposition’s primary vote fell another one percent, on top of the three-point deficit last week, to 37 percent.

The figure is the same support that Labor had at the start of the 2019 election campaign when Bill Shorten was the leader.

The coalition is close to 36 percent and will need four more points to be able to keep the government.

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A slow shift in support for Morrison has seen the coalition win another point on the two-party basis, with Labor still leading 53-47.

The six-point margin is the closest between the two sides this year.

Morrison has also overtaken his rival in the prime minister’s poll.

Mr Albanese lost three points and fell to 39 percent, while Mr Morrison gained one point to 44 percent.

The latest results show a 4.5 percent turnaround against the current government compared to the last election.

If the swing against the coalition over the 151 seats in the House of Commons were applied, the party could lose 10 seats in the House of Commons in parliament.

Support for small parties and independents rose to 27 percent, two points higher than the 2019 election results.

Support for billionaire Clive Palmer’s also rose one point to four percent.

The Greens and “others” remain at 10 percent and One Nation is stable at three percent.

The positive poll results follow criticisms of Mr Morrison’s character from former and current Liberal colleagues, a confrontation with a member of the public during a bar visit and frustrated flood victims who believe he was doing his part to support families.

Morrison, who confirmed the election for May 21, said the election is a “choice” between a strong economy and a Labor opposition “that would weaken it”.

“This election is about you – nobody else. It’s about our country and it’s about its future,” he told reporters in Parliament House.

“Most of all, this election, as all elections are, this election is a choice.”

Mr Albanese has criticized the government’s agenda and “vision for tomorrow” at his first media conference of his federal election campaign.

The opposition leader has pledged to restore “faith” in the political system if he is given “honour” to serve as the next prime minister.

“If I have the honor of being your Prime Minister, I can promise you this – I will lead with integrity and I will treat you with respect,” he said, before delving into Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s leadership responsibilities.

“I won’t go missing when the going gets tough. I’ll take the responsibility that comes with high office. I’ll run a government that pays back and rewards your hard work.”

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