Julia Gillard’s ratings fall ahead of reshuffle

According to the latest Nielsen poll, Prime Minister Julia Gillard has suffered a setback. Her approval rating fell by four points to 35 per cent. Whereas, Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott moved ahead to lead Ms Gillard as the preferred Prime Minister with 46-42 per cent ratings.

Julia Gillard’s disapproval rating moved up one point to 58 per cent. However, Tony Abbott’s disapproval rating dropped one point to 53 per cent. His approval rating was steady at 41 per cent.

The poll shows that the Coalition has received a boost to its two-party lead over Labor Party by two points. The ratings now stand at 57-43 per cent.

Australian Labor Party’s primary vote weakened a point to 29 per cent. Coalition’s vote rose four points to 49 per cent.

Of the people who polled, just 32 per cent supported Ms Gillard’s policy on uranium sales to India, while 57 per cent opposed.

On the issue of gay marriage, 57 per cent supported same-sex unions, about five points down since November.

The results of the latest Nielsen poll comes as Ms Gillard decided to reshuffle her Cabinet.