A Newspoll conducted for the Australian newspaper showed that Morrison’s public support fell four points to 47%, the lowest level since he was criticized early last year for his government’s response to the devastating wildfires.
Morrison’s Liberal-National Party coalition government also lags behind the Labor opposition on a preferred two-party basis, where votes for minority parties are distributed 47-53. If the results of the poll were to be repeated in an election, the Conservative government would lose office to a center-left laboratory.
Morrison has come under fire for a slow launch of the vaccine that critics said had plunged much of the country into a cycle of intermittent lockdowns to quell outbreaks of the highly infectious Delta variant.
Morrison’s approval of the pandemic’s handling has been cut nearly in half from a high of 85% in April last year, during the peak of the first wave of infections, to 48% in the latest survey.
Sydney other Melbourne Australia’s two largest cities are under strict restrictions, while southeast Queensland, home to Brisbane’s third-largest city, came out of strict stay-at-home orders on Sunday.
Quick closures, strict border controls and rapid contact tracing have helped Australia keep its pandemic numbers relatively low, with just over 36,250 cases and 938 deaths.