Australian Labour Party maintains four-point lead over Coalition in latest poll

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London, Aug 16 (ANI): The Australian Labour Party has maintained a four-point, 52 to 48 percent, lead over the Coalition on a two-party preferred basis as the federal election campaign enters its final days, according to the latest Newspoll.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the poll has shown that support for Labor has risen markedly since late July, just before Prime Minister Julia Gillard took over the Labor leadership from Kevin Rudd.

Then, Labor was behind the Coalition, with 53 percent support to the Coalition's 47 percent.

There is also little difference in primary votes from last week, with Labor steady on 38 per cent, the Coalition down one point to 41 per cent and The Greens up one point to 14 per cent, the latest poll revealed.

The number of voters satisfied with Gillard's performance has risen one point to 44 per cent and her disapproval is down three points to 38 per cent.

Forty-three per cent of those polled were satisfied with Abbott's performance (up two points) and 46 per cent were dissatisfied (down three points).

The standing of both leaders also increased in the preferred Prime Minister stakes, with Gillard leading on 50 per cent (up one point) to Abbott's 35 per cent (up one point).

The poll was conducted on 1694 people over telephone. (ANI)

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