Prime Minister Tony Abbott's popularity is at its highest
level since taking over as Liberal leader in 2009, according to
the latest opinion poll.
In the first Newspoll since last month's election, Mr Abbott
drew 47 per cent support as preferred prime minister,
compared with Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, on 28 per cent,
The Australian reported.
Mr Abbott also recorded his best net satisfaction since
taking over his party's leadership in December 2009, with a
rating of 13 per cent.
Of those surveyed, 47 per cent said they were satisfied with
the prime minister's performance, while 34 per cent were
dissatisfied and 19 per cent were undecided.
With regards to Mr Shorten, 32 per cent of voters were
satisfied, 24 per cent were dissatisfied and 44 per cent were
The poll, conducted over the weekend, also shows Labour's
primary vote has dropped from 33.3 per cent in the September
7 election to 31 per cent.
The coalition's primary vote has risen from 45.6 per cent at
the election to 47 per cent.