Morrison takes hit on crisis credentials

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Scott Morrison has suffered a major hit in voters’ opinion of his crisis management with the federal government under sustained pressure over vaccines.

The latest Essential poll shows 49 per cent of Australians believe the prime minister is good in a crisis, down from 64 per cent in mid-March.

Mr Morrison also lost ground in being trustworthy, down eight points to 47 per cent, and being more honest than most politicians, which fell the same margin to 45 per cent.

Compared to mid-March more people think he is out of touch with ordinary people (up eight points to 59 per cent) and avoids responsibility (up six points to 54 per cent).

The survey of 1100 voters was conducted with Sydney and Melbourne locking down to fight outbreaks of the Delta coronavirus strain.

The Morrison government has faced fierce criticism over the sluggish coronavirus vaccine rollout which opponents have blamed for lockdowns.

But senior ministers insist it will gather pace as more Pfizer doses arrive in the country over coming weeks and months.

According to the poll, 46 per cent of people rated the federal government’s pandemic response as good, up from 44 per cent two weeks ago.

That measure peaked at 70 per cent in March.

The survey also showed outbreaks appear to have made inroads against vaccine hesitancy.

Almost two-thirds of Australians say they will get vaccinated as soon as possible or have already received at least one jab, up from 51 per cent two weeks ago.

A further 27 per cent are prepared to receive a vaccination but not straight away, down from 33 per cent in the last survey.

There are 11 per cent who say they will never be vaccinated, a five-point drop from earlier in the month.

A Newspoll released earlier in the week put Labor ahead of the coalition 53 to 47 per cent on a two-party preferred basis.

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