Julia Gillard’s poll ratings improve

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Julia Gillard’s rating as preferred Prime Minister has improved, suggests latest Nielsen poll. The poll shows that the Australian Prime Minister is closing gap on Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. It is also indicated that Labor is narrowing the Coalition’s lead.

But Labor’s primary vote is suffering at 30 per cent in the new Nielsen poll.

The poll, published by Fairfax newspapers today, shows Julia Gillard has drawn level with Mr Abbott as preferred Prime Minister for the first time since June. Labor is also catching up on the two-party preferred vote with the coalition leading 55 to 45 per cent.

In July, the vote stood at 61-39, suggesting a big improvement for the government.

Gillard’s approval rating is up by six percentage points to 39 per cent since the last poll in October and her disapproval rating is down five points to 57 per cent.

Mr Abbott’s approval rating stands steady at 41 per cent as his disapproval rating of 54 per cent.