Mr Barilaro said the Prime Minister had “steered the country” through the pandemic, and pointed to him as the inspiration for New South Wales’ roadmap out of COVID-19.
“As the architect of the NSW roadmap I base that against the roadmap from the National Cabinet and the work that the Prime Minister led and the commitment he made,” Mr Barilaro told Sky News Australia.
“He has led all states – I know the premiers are getting a lot of credit – but it was led by a National Cabinet.
“The ability to do that in a way to bring premiers in on the journey, he should be given credit. I hope at a point in time people see that and people will respect him for what he’s done.”
Morrison will have ‘honest conversation’ around net-zero targets
Mr Barilaro said recent poll results do not reflect the Prime Minister’s actual standing in the community, and his handling of the pandemic.
A Newspoll published by The Australian showed Mr Morrison’s support had largely vanished since a high in February, with votes seeping to fringe parties and the ALP.
While the Prime Minister gained one-point in terms of net satisfaction, he has lost 31 points since the start of the year.
The Coalition’s primary vote has slowly declined since its highest point this February dropping from 42 to 37 per cent where it has remained for the last two polls.
Labor isn’t picking up ‘disaffected’ Liberal voters
“I honestly think Scott Morrison is doing a lot better than what the polls are saying,” Mr Barilaro said.
“And if anyone writes off Scott Morrison and the Liberal Nationals federally at the next poll, I tell you what they’ll be surprised again.”
It comes after Mr Barilaro announced his resignation on Monday, telling Sky News Australia’s Peta Credlin that “for me it just felt right today”.
His resignation follows that of Premier Gladys Berejiklian and senior Cabinet Minister Andrew Constance, but Mr Barilaro said he did not want to “cause too much pain” for the next Premier by delaying his departure by a few months.

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