Another bad poll for Gillard
Prime Minister Julia Gillard and her ruling party are still struggling in the polls according to a new poll today in the Canberra Times.
The poll by Newspoll puts Gillard’s Labor Party on 41% in a two way fight with their main opponents the National Coalition are on 59%. When looking at individual parties, the Labor Party stands at 27% whilst the National Coalition has gone up to 50% support. The Greens are down two percentage points to 12%.
In terms of popularity, opposition leader, Tony Abbott, has increased his position as preferred prime minister by four percentage points to 43%. Julia Gillard dropped four points to 34%.
Gillard also fares badly against Kevin Rudd, the former Labor leader. Gillard was preferred as Labor leader by 24% whilst Kevin Rudd was the favourite with 57%.
Gillard shrugged of the poll. “I don’t do this job as Prime Minister because I want to see it reflected in opinion polls. I do this job because I want to do what is right for this nation’s future,’’ she told the Canberra Times. There was also a concerted effort by Labor MPs to shrug off the poll with a number appearing in the media describing Gillard as ‘decent and tough’.