Melbourne: A new poll in Australia has
found that the popularity of Foreign Affairs Minister Kevin Rudd is nine points higher than Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
According to media reports, Rudd remained one of
Labor`s key electoral assets.
In recent polls, Rudd has consistently out-rated
Gillard as preferred Labor leader.
An Essential Media survey of 1,893 people showed 32
per cent support for Rudd which was nine points higher than
Gillard, Australian news agency AAP reported.
Gillard, who took over the Labor leadership a year ago, is preferred by 51 per cent of ALP voters compared to 31 per cent for her predecessor.
Malcolm Turnbull has a three-point lead over
Opposition leader of Liberal Party Tony Abbott, with 25 per
cent saying he would make the better Liberal leader.
But among Liberal and Nationals voters, 40 per cent
prefer Abbott, compared with 22 per cent for treasury
spokesman Joe Hockey and 19 per cent for Turnbull.
The poll gives the Coalition an election-winning 54
per cent two-party preferred vote - four points higher than
at the August 2010 election.
But voters are evenly split over the Opposition`s call
for a fresh election based on the carbon tax, with 42 per cent
in favour and against, the report said.
An overwhelming majority of 63 per cent believe
businesses will pass extra costs on to consumers, while only
13 per cent say the consumers will be compensated.