The PM drops in Newspoll after fires

The PM might never holiday in Hawaii again after the start to the year saw him lose ground and actually fall behind Labor Leader Anthony Albanese for the first time since last year’s election.

Mr Morrison fronted the media after weeks of criticism over his family holiday, telling the ABC’s Insiders program on Sunday that he could have “handled things on the ground much better”.

Ticker’s Daniel Pizarro reports that Mr Morrison’s approval rating has taken a hit in the latest poll.

Labor is ahead of the Coalition for the first time since the federal election and Mr Morrison’s approval rating has plunged, according to a Newspoll.

Labor is in front 51-49 on a two-party-preferred basis in the poll conducted for The Australian, a significant turnaround from the last Newspoll in early December when the Coalition led 52-48.

The Coalition’s primary vote has dropped two points to 40 per cent, while Labor’s has increased from 33 to 36 per cent since early December.

Approval for Mr Morrison tumbled from 45 to 37 per cent, while Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese’s rating leapt from 40 to 46 per cent.

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