Public support for the Albanese government has continued to plummet after a turbulent few weeks, with the Coalition now leading the Labor party.
A new poll by Roy Morgan shows support for the the Coalition at 50.5 per cent (up 0.5 per cent from a week ago), while support for Labor has dropped 0.5 per cent to 49.5 per cent on a two-party preferred basis.
The survey on federal voting intention was based on 1,401 Australian electors from November 13-19.
The results match the low point the Albanese Government reached following the defeat of the Voice to Parliament referendum last month, when all Australian states resoundingly voted No to the proposed constitutional change.
Labor’s slump in the polls also coincides with the controversial High Court ruling to release 93 asylum seekers, some of whom are convicted criminals.
New polling shows the Coalition ahead of Labor in a two-party preferred and primary vote (pictured: Opposition leader Peter Dutton)
The fresh poll results spells trouble for the Albanese government as it faces the fall out over a historic High Court ruling and the failed Voice to Parliament
It is the third straight week of declines for the government.
On primary vote, the Coalition is now on 37.5 per cent, up 1 per cent from a week ago, and significantly ahead of the ALP on 29.5 per cent, down 0.5 per cent.
Support for the Greens is sitting at 13.5 per cent, up 0.5 per cent, while support for One Nation is also up 0.5 per cent to 6.5 per cent.
There has been a drop in support for Independents, down 1 per cent to 7 per cent, and for other parties, down 0.5 per cent to 6 per cent.
The news comes as the federal government faces pressure after the release of 93 asylum seekers from detention after a historic court ruling.
The mass release comes after a refugee, known only as NZYQ, who raped a 10-year-old boy, was let out into the community by a High Court decision which ruled that keeping asylum seekers detained indefinitely was unlawful.
The key ruling immediately prompted the possible release of up to 92 more non-citizens held in detention who could not be deported to their home countries.
Some of the group are convicted criminals.
Last week the federal government rushed through new legislation into parliament to impose new visa conditions on those released under the updated law.
The Albanese government has continued to see a drop in support following the defeat of the Voice to Parliament in October (Pictured: a group of ‘Yes’ supporters)
The government has faced intense political pressure over the releases.
Opposition Leader Peter Dutton slammed the government, suggesting it had months to anticipate the High Court outcome that indefinite immigration detention was illegal and should have had legislation ready.
‘The government had since June to draft this legislation. Earlier in the week, on Monday and Tuesday, they were saying there’s no legislation that can fix it … in the end it turns out that there was legislation that they could pass,’ he said.
The government is also reeling from the historic referendum defeat of the proposed Indigenous Voice to Parliament last month.
Voters resoundingly rejected the proposal to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian Constitution, with the ACT the only jurisdiction to deliver a majority Yes vote.
The proposal was rejected nationally and by a majority in every state, thus failing to secure the double majority required for amendment by section 128 of the constitution.