Scott Morrison’s popularity is rising during a corona virus crisis following a PR forest fire disaster
Australians have given their support to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his approach to the coronavirus crisis – three months after its popularity plummeted following a series of blunders during the bushfire crisis.
Newspoll’s most recent figures show that Mr Morrison’s response to the health pandemic has been well received by voters.
The liberal leader has achieved the highest approval rating for a prime minister in over a decade, since Kevin Rudd during the 2009 global financial crisis.
Mr. Morrison leads Anthony Albanese with 53-29 as preferred prime minister and his party leads Labor in the two-party preferred split at 51-49.
The polls told a dizzyingly different story three months ago.
Mr. Morrison’s popularity in the polls plummeted after returning from a family vacation to Hawaii during the forest fire crisis. Pictured: Mr. Morrison on a trip to the Pacific islands
In fact, Mr. Morrison’s popularity has increased in the past month as the Australian public responds to his approach to the coronavirus crisis
Mr. Morrison had just returned from a family trip to Hawaii when the nation he was to lead was going through the worst forest fire crisis.
More than 30 people died during the fires and pieces of land across the country were destroyed.
Mr. Morrison’s office denied he was on vacation and his popularity plummeted, earning the title of the eighth most hated prime minister since the poll was first established in 1985, behind both Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott.
At its lowest point, Mr. Morrison had a dismal 37 percent approval, while opposition leader Anthony Albanese had a comfortable 43 percent lead.
The Prime Minister makes his way through a series of potentially catastrophic public relations blunders upon his return from Hawaii, including seeming to have forgotten about two locals who died in a forest fire and his handshake was turned down by an exhausted firefighter.
Its popularity has skyrocketed after the coronavirus crisis, especially after announcing a $ 320 billion stimulus package to boost the economy
The coronavirus testing process involves a smear from each nostril and the back of the throat
But the latest polls show that he was able to reverse public opinion – revealing that only 29 percent of Australians still hope that Mr. Albanese will lead the nation.
Mr. Morrison’s increased public support is because he injected a total of $ 320 billion – or 16.4 percent of GDP – into the economy to support Australians during the Corona virus crisis.
The money will be distributed across several different stimulus packages, designed to keep money in the pockets of hardworking Australians affected by the pandemic.
The vast majority of voters said they were satisfied with the stimulus packages, but were concerned about how the economy will rebound after the crisis.
According to the newspaper, voters are as concerned about public debt as they are losing their jobs, while 57 percent of voters admitted to being concerned about the public health system’s preparedness.
In addition to the financial support, Mr. Morrison held regular press conferences explaining the next steps to the public, and on Friday urged backpackers and travelers to return home and seek help from their home countries.
Across Australia, approximately 5,688 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Nearly half of the nation’s total comes from NSW, making it the country’s epicenter for the virus
On December 16, reports began to appear that, amid widespread wildfires, Mr. Morrison had taken his family on vacation in Hawaii without making an announcement. He stopped his journey on December 20 and told Sydney Radio 2 GB that day, “You know, I don’t have a snake”
Hospital staff wear protective clothing when testing patients with symptoms of Coronavirus in Bondi
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 5,688
New South Wales: 2580
Western Australia: 453
South Australia: 409
Australian Capital Territory: 96
Northern Territory: 26
TOTAL CASES: 5,688
The prime minister also introduced a nationwide strict social distancing policy to slow the spread of the deadly respiratory virus, and early indications suggest these measures may be successful.
More than 1.2 million people worldwide are infected with coronavirus and 66,000 people have died.
There are currently 5,688 known cases of the virus in Australia, including 35 deaths.
Mr. Morrison and the federal government have introduced phased measures to slowly shut down the nation and give people a social distance to delay the transmission of the virus through the community.
First, national borders were closed to non-Australians, followed by soft closings of state borders, meaning anyone crossing state borders must isolate themselves for 14 days.
He then closed restaurants, pubs, cinemas, and gyms before closing beaches, beauticians, and issuing an order that Australians should not leave the house unless absolutely necessary.
Despite all closings, Mr. Morrison has indicated that he does not intend to close schools or childcare – a decision that has criticized him.
Mr Morrison is pictured visiting a fire-destroyed building in Sarsfield, Victoria’s East Gipplands on January 3
SCOTT MORRISON’S BUSHFIRE PUBLIC RELATIONS DISASTER
November 20th: Mr. Morrison tweets, “It’s going to be a great cricket summer, and for our firefighters and fire-stricken communities, I’m sure our boys will give them something to cheer them up on.”
December 16: Nationals leader Michael McCormack is appointed acting prime minister amid wildfires. NSW MLC David Shoebridge tweets he has heard Mr Morrison is on vacation in Hawaii. The prime minister’s office will not confirm where Morrison is or when he will return.
December 17: Mr. McCormack says he will serve as Prime Minister until December 19. The Prime Minister’s office continues to refuse to answer questions about Mr Morrison’s whereabouts.
December 18: The prime minister’s office still says nothing.
December 19: Tourists post social media photos of Mr. Morrison in Hawaii. Voluntary firefighters Geoffrey Keaton and Andrew O’Dwyer, both young fathers, are killed.
the 20th of December: Mr. Morrison announces that he will shorten his vacation to return to Australia. He issues a statement saying that he “deeply regrets” all the regrets he has caused. He tells 2GB, “You know, I don’t have a snake.”
December 31: Mr. Morrison holds an exclusive party at Kirribilli House while large swathes of NSW’s south coast and eastern Victoria burn.
January 1st: Mr Morrison serves the Australian and New Zealand cricket teams at Kirribilli House prior to the SCG test.
January 2nd: Mr. Morrison describes the wildfires as “something that will happen against the background of this test race.” A firefighter refuses to shake Mr. Morrison’s hand at Cobargo, on the south coast of New South Wales.
January 3rd: Mr. Morrison gives a bag of groceries to forest fire victims who have lost their homes in East Gippsland.