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Morrison leads coalition to best approval rating

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CANBERRA (Xinhua) – Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has led the governing Liberal-National party (LNP) coalition to its best opinion poll position in almost four years.

According to the first Newspoll since the general election in mid-May, which was published by The Australian on Monday, the LNP leads the opposition Australian Labor Party (ALP) 53-47 on a two-party preferred basis.

It put the LNP’s primary vote at 44 percent, the highest level since 2015 and six points higher than it was on election day while Labor was at 33 percent.

Morrison, who has been credited with helping delivering the shock election victory, was chosen as the preferred prime minister of 48 percent of voters compared to 31 percent of voters who picked ALP leader Anthony Albanese.

Prior to the election Morrison’s net satisfaction score, measured by subtracting the percentage of voters dissatisfied with his performance from the percentage of those who are satisfied, was zero. As of the latest Newspoll it is positive 15.

Since winning a third consecutive term in government the LNP has legislated tax cuts worth 158 billion Australian dollars (109.1 billion U.S. dollars) and won support in parliament to give Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton greater powers to stop Australian jihadis from returning home from war zones.

Speaking at the Western Australia Liberal Party conference on Saturday, Morrison said that the election result “was no fluke, as some would like to rewrite history.”

“Labor treated the election campaign as some kind of coronation tour. Labor thought all they had to do here in WA was to turn up and take a bow,” he said.

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