Oz Labour party lags behind the opposition: Poll

Last Updated: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 12:39

Melbourne: Australia`s ruling Labour party
lagged behind the opposition in the latest opinion poll, while Prime Minister Julia Gillard trailed opposition leader Tony Abbott in the preferred Prime Minister stakes.

The latest opinion poll conducted found that the
Opposition party was ahead of Gillard`s Labour party by 56
per cent to 44 per cent in two party preferred terms, the
Australian reported.

With the Coalition on a 47 per cent primary vote and
Labour on 29 per cent, the results were identical to those of
the previous opinion poll conducted from July 22-24.

Thirty-nine percent of respondents were satisfied with the
opposition leader Tony Abbott`s performance, while 52 per cent
were dissatisfied.

The two leaders continued their neck-and-neck race for
supremacy in the preferred-prime-minister stakes, both
dropping a percentage point in the past fortnight.
The Opposition Leader remained ahead by one percentage
point on 40 per cent to Gillard`s 39 per cent, with 21 per
cent of respondents undecided.

Gillard`s rating as preferred Prime Minister stood at 44
per cent in the May 27-29 survey, seven percentage points
ahead of Abbott.

But as the Opposition Leader toured the nation visiting
workplaces on his anti-carbon-tax campaign, his popularity
climbed from 37 per cent to 40 per cent by June 24-26, when he
overtook Gillard for the first time, the report said.

The latest poll was conducted over the weekend using
telephone interviews with 1144 voters.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 12:39

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