Australian election :
Labour Party takes narrow lead
AUSTRALIA: Australian Labour has maintained a four-point lead over
the coalition on a two-party preferred basis as the federal election
campaign enters its final days, the latest Newspoll showed Monday.
The poll, published in The Australian newspaper on Monday, found
Labour has held a 52 to 48 percent lead over the coalition since last
The poll also showed support for Labour has risen markedly since late
July, just before Prime Minister Julia Gillard took the Labour
leadership from Kevin Rudd.
At that time Rudd was ousted, Labour was behind the coalition, with
35 percent support to the coalition’s 47.
There was also little difference in primary votes from last week,
according to the poll, with Labor steady on 38 percent, the coalition
down one point to 41 percent and The Greens up one point to 14 percent.
The approval ratings for Gillard and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott
have also improved slightly.
The number of voters satisfied with Gillard’s performance has risen
one point to 44 percent and her disapproval is down three points to 38
Forty-three percent of those polled were satisfied with Abbott’ s
performance (up two points) and 46 percent were dissatisfied ( down
The standing of both leaders also increased in the preferred prime
minister stakes, with Gillard leading on 50 percent (up one point) to
Abbott’s 35 percent (up one point).
The poll of 1694 people was taken between Friday and Sunday by
Australia’s election date was set on August 21.