CANBERRA, June 28 (Xinhua) -- Australian new Prime Minister Julia Gillard has been leading Opposition Leader Tony Abbott as preferred prime minister and has given the Australia Labor Party ( ALP) a chance of winning the election, the latest Newspoll showed on Monday.
|Australia's new Prime Minister Julia Gillard attends a news conference after a |
leadership ballot at Federal Parliament House in Canberra June 24, 2010. (Xinhua/
According to the poll, published in The Australian newspaper on Monday, the Labor government has returned to the levels of support it had before ousted prime minister Kevin Rudd's popularity crashed in April.
The poll is the first since Gillard was elected prime minister, and was conducted during the first three days of her leadership.
"On a two-party preferred basis, Labor has been leading on 53 percent while the Coalition is on 47 percent, exactly as it was at the 2007 election," the poll said.
On the question of who would make the better prime minister, 53 percent of voters opted for Gillard, compared to 29 percent who preferred Abbott.
The weekend before Rudd was replaced by Gillard, Abbott's support as preferred prime minister was at 37 percent, while Rudd' s was 46 percent.
Julia Gillard has become Australia's first female Prime Minister after Kevin Rudd stood down as Labor Party leader on Thursday morning.