Scott Morrison has increased his lead over Anthony Albanese as Australia’s preferred Prime Minister in a new poll, but Labor are still leading when it comes to two-party preference.

The Prime Minister has entered the third week of election campaign on the front foot while the Opposition Leader remains in isolation at his Sydney home with Covid-19.

Mr Morrison’s popularity as Australia’s preferred leader has extended to 46 per cent, a two per cent rise since the last Newspoll. 

The Labor leader’s position remains unchanged at 37 per cent after a disastrous week on the election campaign trail where he was being struck down with Covid.

But it’s not all good news for the Coalition, with Labor still leading 53-47 on a two-party-preferred basis. 

Scott Morrison (pictured mingling with children in Darwin on Monday) has increased his popularity as Australia's preferred leader, according to the latest Newspoll result

Scott Morrison (pictured mingling with children in Darwin on Monday) has increased his popularity as Australia's preferred leader, according to the latest Newspoll result

Scott Morrison (pictured mingling with children in Darwin on Monday) has increased his popularity as Australia’s preferred leader, according to the latest Newspoll result

The result is unchanged from the last two Newspolls conducted since the election was called a fortnight ago.

Voters were surveyed both before and after Mr Albanese announced last Thursday he had Covid, the night after he went head to head with Mr Morrison in the first leaders’ debate.

The Coalition lifted its primary vote to 36 per cent to be just one point behind Labor, which remains steady at 37 per cent.

Support for the Greens dropped one point to 11 per cent and Pauline Hanson’s One Nation also fell by one point to 3 per cent.

Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party remains steady at 4 per cent.

Covid-stricken Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese (pictured in isolation with his dog Toto) will spend the rest of week campaigning from home

Covid-stricken Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese (pictured in isolation with his dog Toto) will spend the rest of week campaigning from home

Covid-stricken Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese (pictured in isolation with his dog Toto) will spend the rest of week campaigning from home

The latest Ipsos poll for The Australian Financial Review also shows Labor still ahead of the Coalition, despite a two point drop in the party’s primary vote.

Around 42 per cent of voters surveyed believe Labor will win the May 21 election, while 34 per cent believe the Coalition will claim a fourth consecutive term in power. 

Labor has 34 per cent of the primary vote, two points clear of the Coalition which has recorded a one point rise since the last Ipsos poll three weeks ago.

The remaining third of voters remain undecided or will opt for a minor party.

Mr Albanese’s disapproval rating increased to 35 per cent, a rise by three points while dissatisfaction with the Prime Minister remains steady at 48 per cent.

But the Ipsos poll has Mr Albanese as Australia’s preferred prime minister with 40 per cent – two points ahead of Mr Morrison.

In terms of overall competency, both leaders are tied at 42 per cent, the lowest level for either a prime minister or opposition leader in 27 years.

‘This underscores the views of the undecided voters participating in the focus group who, irrespective of past voting behaviour, expressed a lack of enthusiasm for the options presented at this election,’ Ipsos said.

Scott Morrison (pictured playing two-up on Monday) still has a lot of work to do for the Coalition to secure a fourth consecutive term on May 21

Scott Morrison (pictured playing two-up on Monday) still has a lot of work to do for the Coalition to secure a fourth consecutive term on May 21

Scott Morrison (pictured playing two-up on Monday) still has a lot of work to do for the Coalition to secure a fourth consecutive term on May 21

Source: Daily Mail

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