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Voters warn Scott Morrison not to rush to an early election

Australians want Prime Minister Scott Morrison to serve a full term rather than go to an early election in the wake of the federal budget, with 61 per cent backing last week’s fiscal plan as good for economic recovery.

Only one in five voters think Mr Morrison should go to an early poll while 59 per cent prefer an election next year, sending a warning to the government as Liberals debate whether to race to the ballot box.

The findings are contained in a new survey that shows slight gains in primary vote for both major parties over the past month, with the Coalition rising from 38 to 39 per cent while Labor edged up from 33 to 35 per cent.

The exclusive survey, the second in a new initiative from The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age with research company Resolve Strategic, showed 78 per cent supported the mammoth budget outlay on aged care.

The new spending to prevent domestic violence gained 78 per cent support, the mental health package drew 76 per cent support and spending on road and rail projects gained 69 per cent support.

While voters gave similar ratings to the skills package and the continued tax offsets for workers on low and middle incomes, their support dropped to 56 per cent for the childcare package, a policy where Labor promises more funding.

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald