The latest Newspoll has delivered more bad news for the government, with major slips in support in its stronghold states of WA and Queensland.
Voter support for the federal government has dropped three points to 37 per cent, but more heavily in stronghold states Western Australia and Queensland, according to the latest Newspoll.
In findings being attributed to displeasure with the coalition’s first budget, government support in WA has slipped six points to 40 per cent and by four points to 37 per cent in Queensland.
Men are generally continuing to back the government, but its support among females has dropped two points to 35 per cent, according to the results published by The Australian.
There has also been a significant fall in backing from older voters, with support among those aged between 35 and 49 tumbling three points to 34 per cent, and among those 50 and older falling from 48 per cent to 45 per cent.
Tony Abbott has also taken a hit, with only 38 per cent of voters in the prime minister’s home state of NSW preferring him in the top job, compared to 42 per cent who say they’d back Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.
The prime minister’s personal rating has fallen sharply in all states and every demographic group.
Nationally, he is preferred as prime minister by 37 per cent of voters (a drop of four points) while nationwide approval for Mr Shorten has jumped from 36 per cent to 41 per cent.