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PM on 61pct satisfaction score: Newspoll

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is off to a strong start in the first Newspoll since Labor won the May federal election.

His voter satisfaction rating is at 61 per cent, the poll published in The Australian on Monday shows.

This is the highest number recorded for a post-election Newspoll for a new prime minister since the satisfaction measure began being tallied in 1985.

Mr Albanese is also ahead on the preferred prime minister measure, at 59 per cent versus 25 per cent for Opposition Leader Peter Dutton.

On a two-party preferred basis, Labor is ahead at 56 per cent compared to 44 per cent for the coalition.

Labor’s primary vote has lifted to 37 per cent, from 32.6 per cent at the May 21 election, against 33 per cent for the coalition.

The Greens were tracking at 12 per cent, while the teal independents were on 10 per cent.

Independent Tasmanian senator Jacqui Lambie said Mr Albanese wasn’t just in a honeymoon period.

“He is still doing the wedding waltz,” she told Nine Network on Monday.

But she warned there were challenges ahead, particularly on the cost of living.

“There will be a fair bit of pressure on him over the next six months,” she said.

“Living standards out there are tough, people are doing it really tough, so let’s see how it goes.”

The Newspoll of 1508 voters was conducted between July 27-30.

The federal parliament is due to sit on Monday.

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