Morgan poll: Abbott exhausts MH17 popularity boost

Two polls this week paint different images of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's popularity
Two polls this week paint different images of Prime Minister Tony Abbott's popularity Vicki Wood

A BOUNCE in popularity while the Federal Government's focus on international affairs, particularly the downing of MH17, has already been exhausted according to the latest Morgan Poll.

The Morgan Poll found the ALP had increased 1.5% to 56% while the LNP had fallen by the same amount to 44%.

It followed last week's ABS unemployment figures that showed Australian unemployment rising to a 17-year-high of 789,000 or 6.4%.

The poll was conducted on the first two weekends of August.

Roy Morgan executive director Gary Morgan said the results show "the boost the Abbott Government received in the last Morgan Poll - taken after the loss of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 over Eastern Ukraine - was only temporary.

"The rise in support the Government received after both Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop demonstrated strong leadership on the world stage has already dissipated."

Earlier this week the latest Newspoll - published in The Australian - showed the Coalition's primary vote is back up to 40%, for the first time since April.

The poll shows Mr Abbott is on 41% compared to Opposition Leader Bill Shorten who is on 37%.

It is the first time in four months that the Prime Minister has eked out a lead against Mr Shorten.

Newspoll has Labor's primary vote now sits at a three month low of 34% after falling two points.

On a two party preferred, Labor continues to be ahead at 52% against the Coalition's 48%.

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