Australians Mark Down Government Performance in Survey, AFR Says

  • Turnbull administration scores worse than Abbott on 11 issues
  • Voters were polled on policies including economy, immigration

Australian voters have marked down the federal government’s performance on key policy issues since Malcolm Turnbull ousted Tony Abbott as prime minister, the Australian Financial Review reported.

The government’s performance rating fell across all 11 policies, including the cost of living and border security, the newspaper reported Saturday, citing a survey by JWS Research. The survey of 1,100 voters was conducted from Nov. 5 to Nov. 10 and the previous poll was taken in June, the AFR reported. It asked respondents about issues ranging from health care to the economy, education and immigration.

While Turnbull has turned around the government’s standing with voters, he has yet to improve scores on key issues, the newspaper said. Turnbull deposed Abbott in September after the government trailed in opinion polls for more than 12 months. His coalition led the Labor opposition by 53 percent to 47 percent on a two-party preferred basis, according to a survey published in the Australian newspaper on Nov. 24.