Labor pounces back in latest poll

07 Aug, 2012 09:14 AM
Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

Perhaps Julia Gillard should go on holiday more often.

The Prime Minister has returned from a week long break in Queensland to Labor's best Newspoll result in six months.

Today's poll has seen Labor's primary vote climb five points to 33 per cent, while the Coalition is down one point to 45 per cent.

On a two-party preferred basis the Coalition still has a sizeable lead on Labor at 54 per cent to 46 per cent. But in continued signs that the electorate has not warmed to Tony Abbott, the Opposition Leader is only just ahead of Ms Gillard as preferred prime minister (38 to 36 per cent) - while 26 per cent of those polled say they are ''uncommitted''.

Mr Abbott said the jump in support for the Gillard government will not change the way he's going about his job.

''My job every day is the same,'' Mr Abbott told Channel Ten today.

''It's to restore trust in our politicians and I do that by keeping commitments,'' he said, pointing to his promise to repeal the carbon tax if elected.

Deputy opposition leader Julie Bishop also played down the poll result, suggesting that Australians had been distracted by the Olympic Games in London.

''Of course people have been distracted by the Olympics,'' Ms Bishop told Sky News. ''We've all been focusing on the hopes, dreams, aspirations of our athletes in London.''

Ms Bishop said that reality would ''hit'' in the next couple of weeks as people received their electricity bills and saw the results of the carbon tax.

''If an election were held tomorrow and the result was a reflection of these polls published today, I'd be very happy with that outcome,'' she added.

Trade Minister Craig Emerson wasn't too excited by the poll result, noting that the Gillard government still had a lot of work to do. But he said that Labor was doing the ''right thing'' by Australia.

''I think the positive side of politics is the Labor side. And the negative side is Mr Abbott,'' Dr Emerson told Sky News.

Ms Gillard - who will give a speech today taking on state governments over rising power costs - has been celebrating more than the poll results this morning.

Following Australian Tom Slingsby's sailing gold medal, she was quick to hail the win as a victory for red heads.

"Congratulations Tom Slingsby on gold in London," Ms Gillard posted on Twitter. "This is a win for all Aussies and especially for us rangas who think red is the new gold."

According to Newspoll, the maximum margin of sampling error is plus or minus three percentage points.

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7/08/2012 1:06:02 PM

These polls are dodgy just like the labour government. Don;t trust this lot.
straw chewing redneck
7/08/2012 3:15:27 PM

I think they once made a movie about this lot called ' Dirty Rotten Scoundrels '.
Over The Hill
8/08/2012 8:27:00 AM

Dead cats bounce too.
gough whitlam
9/08/2012 2:47:43 PM

Are"nt you a bitter lot of backfatters. It wouldn't matter what Gillard did you hate the Labor party no matter what. Why go on with all this vitriolic slanderous bile. It is not as if the Lib/Nat have done anything for farmers. You are bred the tory way so to offer an unbiased opinion is impossible.
10/08/2012 5:48:50 AM

You are not in one of your union meetings now,thug whitlam,you can't stand at the back of the room and threaten people if they don't vote they way you want them to here.


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