Australia PM’s ratings hit pandemic lows amid lockdowns – News Vibe24

    Australia PM's ratings hit pandemic lows amid lockdowns - Times of India
    SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s public approval rating has dropped to its lowest level since the pandemic began amid growing frustration with blockades and a sluggish vaccination effort, according to a poll released Monday.
    A news release from the Australian newspaper found that Morrison’s public support fell four points to 47%, the lowest level since he criticized his government ‘s response to the catastrophic fires earlier last year.
    Morrison’s Liberal-National Party coalition government also lags behind the Labor opposition in a preferred two-party base, where votes for small parties are split 47-53. If the result of the poll were repeated in elections, the conservative government would lose the office of center-left Labor.
    Morrison came under fire for a slow spread of vaccines that critics say had plunged large parts of the country into a cycle of shutdown and shutdowns to quell outbreaks of the highly contagious Delta variant.
    Morrison’s approval of the pandemic has dropped by almost half from a high of 85% in April last year, at the peak of the first wave of infections, to 48% in the latest survey.
    Sydney and Melbourne – Australia’s two largest cities – are under strict blockade, while southeastern Queensland, home to Brisbane, the third largest city, came out with strict home orders on Sunday.
    Early blockades, tight border controls and rapid contact detection have helped keep Australia pandemic numbers relatively low, with more than 36,250 cases and 938 deaths.

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