Prime Minister Julia Gillard.PRIME Minister Julia Gillard has surged to a 10-point lead over Tony Abbott as preferred prime minister following her aggressive claims of misogyny against the Opposition Leader.
The latest Nielsen poll also shows the Coalition’s two-party preferred lead has narrowed to 52 to 48 per cent although Labor’s primary vote is steady at 34 per cent compared with 43 per cent for the Coalition, The Australian Financial Review reports.
Ms Gillard leads Mr Abbott 50 per cent (up 3 points since mid-September) to 40 per cent (down 4 points) as preferred prime minister, her biggest lead over Mr Abbott since February 2011 when Labor announced it would legislate a carbon price.
Since the controversy over Mr Abbott’s attitudes towards women flared in early September, his lead among male voters has ended – 42 per cent of men now rate him preferred prime minister compared with 48 per cent for Ms Gillard. A month earlier Mr Abbott was in front with 48 per cent of men compared with 43 per cent for Ms Gillard.
Ms Gillard’s lead over Mr Abbott among women as preferred prime minister has stretched to 15 per centage points – 53 per cent to 38 per cent – compared with a 12 percentage point margin in September.
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