Rudd support stalls: Newspoll


Support for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Labor since he replaced Julia Gillard as leader late last month appears to have stalled, according to the latest Newspoll.

Initial poll results after the June 26 spill showed support for Labor surged to a competitive 50-50, two-party preferred, but weeks later, the latest poll in The Australian newspaper shows results have eased slightly, with the coalition on 52 per cent compared to Labor's 48, based on preference flows at the 2010 election.

Primary vote support for Labor steadied, going from 38 per cent two weeks ago to 37 per cent, while the coalition's primary support rose to a four-week high of 45 per cent, up three percentage points.

Since reclaiming the top job, Mr Rudd has radically changed ALP rules for securing a prime minister's leadership and heading off corruption, as well as fast-tracking the implementation of an emissions trading scheme and initiating tough asylum seeker reform with PNG.

Mr Rudd's satisfaction rating surged compared with Ms Gillard's and it now sits on 42 per cent, down one point since the last poll, while his dissatisfaction rating jumped five percentage points to 41 per cent.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott's satisfaction and dissatisfaction ratings remain the same on 35 per cent and 56 per cent respectively.

On the question of who would make the better prime minister, Mr Rudd continues to lead Mr Abbott, but fell from 53 to 50 per cent, while support for Mr Abbott rose from 31 to 34 per cent.

In a separate Newspoll, Mr Rudd's tough new stance on asylum seekers lifted Labor's ratings on the issue to its highest level since Julia Gillard's proposal for regional processing in East Timor during the 2010 election.