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Australian PM Approval Continues to Rise as By-Election Enters Final Days

Prime Minister Scott Morrisons approval rating has climbed higher as the Coalition government continues to hold a slim lead over the Australian Labor Party (ALP) in the latest Newspoll figures released by The Australian on June 28.

According to the poll Morrison has continued to make gains as the preferred prime minister, increasing his numbers on June 8 by 2 percentage points to 58 percent on June 28.

News Corps The Australian newspaper reported on June 29 that additional figures indicated Morrisons personal approval rating has also increased by 2 points to 68 percent in the last 20 days since the previous Newspoll conducted on June 8.

The increase in Morrisons approval rating has not provided any gains for the Coalition in terms of preferential voting.

Newspoll noted that the Coalition has continued to hold a steady 2 point lead over the ALP, retaining 42 percent of the polled primary vote and maintaining 51 to 49 percent lead over the ALP in the two-party preferred vote.

ALP leader Anthony Albaneses approval rating has continued to hold steady at 26 percent. However, the ALP has not seen an adverse effect from the recent branch-stacking scandal and the ASIO investigation into NSW state Labor representative Shaoquett Moselmane.

Newspoll figures show an increase of 1 percentage point to 35 percent in primary voting preferences towards the ALP.

Eden-Monaro By-Election Comes Down to Preferences

The Newspoll results come as the Eden-Monaro by-election enters its final week of campaigning. One of the hardest-hit regions by the Black Summer bushfires that destroyed much of New South Wales South Coast region.

Eden-Monaro is regarded as a bellwether seat in Australia and was won by ALP member Mike Kelly by a narrow margin in the 2019 election.

Kelly barely overcame Liberal Party candidate Fiona Kotvojs, winning 50.85 percent of the vote after preferences were distributed.

However, this time Coalition members believe that will change as _