Federal government’s popularity plummets as a result of vaccine rollout

The federal government’s approval rating has dropped to its lowest electoral position this term, over the bungled vaccine rollout and several lockdowns around the country.

The latest Newspoll, published in The Australian, shows both the Coalition and Labor opposition are now neck and neck with 39 per cent of voter support.

The government’s primary vote fell by two points, while Labor’s primary vote rose by two points.


Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s approval rating also fell to 51 per cent, which is the lowest level since the bushfires over the 2019-20 summer season.

Labor now also leads the coalition 53-47 on an estimated two-party preferred basis.

It’s understood that the government’s popularity decline is a result of the vaccine rollout, which isn’t moving quick enough.

It comes as both New South Wales and Victoria struggle through lockdowns as a result of worsening Delta outbreaks.

Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews has told the ABC that Australians can have confidence in them, and insists there’s ‘light at the end of the tunnel’.

“What we have to do as a Government is to make sure that people understand that there are vaccines arriving into this country.

“The Pfizer vaccine, a million doses almost arriving overnight. That will continue.

“We do have the AstraZeneca vaccine being produced here. I want people to have confidence that they will be able to get their vaccine, encourage them to go online and register to get their vaccines.

“I want people to see that there is light at the end of the tunnel. We all understand that we’ve all been doing our best to get as many vaccines as we can, either produced or imported into the country. But that is happening now. So there is that light at the end of the tunnel,” Minister Andrews said.