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Tax cuts supported in new opinion poll

The Morrison Government’s Federal Budget, including tax cuts for low and middle income earners, has gained the popular support of voters, according to a new opinion poll.Scott Morrison has also retained his high personal approval rating despite gross debt soaring to more than $1 trillion in the Budget as the coronavirus pandemic plunged the economy…

The Morrison Government’s Federal Budget, including tax cuts for low and middle income earners, has gained the popular support of voters, according to a new opinion poll.

Scott Morrison has also retained his high personal approval rating despite gross debt soaring to more than $1 trillion in the Budget as the coronavirus pandemic plunged the economy into a deep recession.

Latest Newspoll figures published in The Australian show the Prime Minister’s net satisfaction rating remains steady on 65.

But dissatisfaction with Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese rose three points to 43 per cent.

Four in five voters supported the bringing forward of income tax cuts.

More people – 26 per cent compared with 23 per cent – also thought they would be better off financially under measures in the Budget.

The Coalition has gained another point from Labor with the parties standing at 52-48 on a two-party preferred basis.

The incumbent’s primary vote also rose one point to 44 with the Greens losing one point and dropping to 11.

Labor remains on 34 points.

About 57 per cent of voters believe Mr Morrison is the better prime minister.

He has a 29-point lead over Mr Albanese who gained one point to 28 per cent since a September poll.

Mr Morrison, who is campaigning in Queensland with Liberal Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington, was on Monday asked if he was pleased with the numbers revealing support for the Budget.

“I am pleased that Australians are seeing that is the plan for the COVID-19 recession,” he told Sunris e.

But when federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg was asked if he was celebrating the opinion poll he said “certainly not”.

“Our focus is on one thing, creating jobs,” he said.

“They are the numbers that we are focused on, and this budget is all about is creating up to one million new jobs and getting Australia through the COVID-19 recession.”

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