Undecided voters have given their thoughts on Scott Morrison by revealing interviews ahead of the upcoming federal election.
As Premier Scott Morrison’s leadership comes under attack, the next federal election could once again hinge on the infamous “undecided voters.”
To help gauge the mood in the community, ABC’s Four Corners asked everyday Australians with no particular preference for one party or another what they thought of Mr Morrison.
The emphasis on image, the reluctance to accept blame, and the propensity to lie all worked against him in the eyes of those interviewed.
Most, however, have been more lenient with the prime minister’s handling of the pandemic and economic management – two factors that could be key influencers on election day.
“Scotty From Marketing” is one of the most popular nicknames given to the Prime Minister, and some say it for good reason.
“He always tries to get the best picture possible just for the cameras,” said Tarek Amyra from East Melbourne.
Just last week, allegedly leaked text messages revealed former New South Wales Liberal premier Gladys Berejiklian criticizing Morrison for his “little political points”, during the 2019 bushfires.
An apparent lack of remorse and an unwillingness to accept responsibility frustrated some voters as the funding scandals, a confused stance on climate change and allegations of crimes against women were all ignored by Morrison.
“He just tries to…justify his actions. I just acknowledge if I did something wrong because we are human beings, we can make mistakes. But not from his mouth, I never heard it,” said Soumya Ganguly from Western Sydney.
While the Prime Minister’s efforts to be seen as an ‘ordinary man’ have not gone unnoticed by voters, most believe he is genuinely upholding ‘traditional Australian values’ such as his family, football team and friends. religious beliefs.
In terms of domestic and international disasters, Morrison has seen his fair share. However, his manipulation of them hasn’t always won fans over.
Morrison’s decision to continue his vacation in Hawaii during the 2019 bushfires and the immortal “I don’t hold a pipe” explanation drew widespread criticism.
“As a civil servant given that he took a vacation at this time when everyone was struggling, it was a very bad decision in terms of image – which in politics is about everything,” said Caleb Wu from NSW.
“At that point you certainly see that Scott Morrison has not reached the level of what is expected of a prime minister,” Mr Ganguly said.
Covid-19 and its handling by Morrison have prompted more varied and nuanced reactions.
Some have seen him occupy more of a leadership position, making tough and decisive decisions such as closing international borders.
“I have nothing but praise for the closing of the borders. We are an island and that was what saved us in the beginning,” said Cath Sattler from South West Victoria.
The unprecedented economic stimulus measures that have kept the country afloat throughout the pandemic have also been warmly received overall.
“I don’t know how it could have been handled better. I think the management of the economy has actually been very good,” said Adam Wotherspoon of South West New South Wales.
Delayed access to vaccines has become a point of criticism by some in the media, but voters appear to be more understanding.
“We have obtained the agreement of AstraZeneca to manufacture it in Melbourne. Nobody knew it would end up causing problems where it was going to be phased out,” Ms Sattler said.
“I think some of the reviews are a bit unfair about not buying enough vaccines from Pfizer – heck, we didn’t have a crystal ball, did we.”