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(07/18/07) -

Rudd is Preferred Prime Minister in Australia

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Opposition leader Kevin Rudd is favoured by most Australians to become the next prime minister, according to a poll by AC Nielsen published in The Sydney Morning Herald. 49 per cent of respondents would like the Australian Labor Party (ALP) leader to become head of government, while 41 per cent would retain current prime minister John Howard.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Opposition leader Kevin Rudd is favoured by most Australians to become the next prime minister, according to a poll by AC Nielsen published in The Sydney Morning Herald. 49 per cent of respondents would like the Australian Labor Party (ALP) leader to become head of government, while 41 per cent would retain current prime minister John Howard.

Howard’s approval rating stands at 49 per cent, down one point since June, while 61 per cent of respondents are satisfied with Rudd’s performance.

In the October 2004 election, Howard was rewarded with a fourth term in office, as his Coalition of Liberals and Nationals secured 87 seats in the House of Representatives. The ALP—led by Mark Latham—elected 60 lawmakers. In December 2006, foreign affairs spokesman Rudd became the new leader of the ALP, defeating Kim Beazley in an internal caucus ballot.

Yesterday, Howard announced some details of his government’s planned carbon-trading trading scheme for Australia, but gave no targets for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The prime minister warned about introducing schemes in a rush, declaring, “All the good intentions in the world are worthless if we wreck our economy for no environmental gain. With so much at stake we must not confuse panic with virtue.”

The next legislative election in Australia is tentatively scheduled for late 2007.

Polling Data

Do you approve or disapprove of John Howard’s performance as prime minister?

Jul. 2007

Jun. 2007

Apr. 2007

Approve

49%

50%

49%

Disapprove

44%

43%

45%

Do you approve or disapprove of Kevin Rudd’s performance as opposition leader?

Jul. 2007

Jun. 2007

Apr. 2007

Approve

61%

63%

66%

Disapprove

23%

23%

22%

Who would you prefer as prime minister?

Jul. 2007

Jun. 2007

Apr. 2007

Kevin Rudd

49%

48%

51%

John Howard

41%

42%

42%

Source: AC Nielsen / The Sydney Morning Herald
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,412 Australian voters, conducted from Jul. 12 to Jul. 14, 2007. Margin of error is 3.1 per cent.