Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s popularity has taken a nosedive in recent months with only 18 percent of voters supporting him, a new report shows.
A new survey published in Crikey’s newsletter found that more Australians would prefer “someone else” than the current leader to head the ruling Liberal Party.
The report found that only 18 percent of the voters are satisfied with the premier as leader while 19 percent said they were unsure who they would prefer to lead the party instead.
Furthermore, 31 percent of the respondents said they would rather choose Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull over Abbott as the prime minister.
The premier’s plunging popularity just nine months into his term is reportedly linked to his public gaffes in recent months, which have been highly criticized.
Abbott was formally sworn in as Australia’s new prime minister in September 2013, after winning federal elections.
His National Liberal Coalition defeated the Labor Party’s Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.
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