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(05/15/10) -

Australian Coalition Pushes Labor to Second Place

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Australia’s governing party is now trailing its conservative opponents, according to a poll by Newspoll published in The Australian. 43 per cent of respondents would vote for the opposition Coalition of Liberals and National, up three points since mid-April.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – Australia’s governing party is now trailing its conservative opponents, according to a poll by Newspoll published in The Australian. 43 per cent of respondents would vote for the opposition Coalition of Liberals and National, up three points since mid-April.

The ruling Australian Labor Party (ALP) is now in second place with 35 per cent, followed by the Australian Greens with 10 per cent. Australia’s preferential voting system—where electors indicate an order of predilection for each contender, and the ballots from smaller parties are re-distributed—gives the Coalition a two-point lead over the ALP.

Australia held a federal election in November 2007. Final results gave the ALP 85 seats in the 150-member House of Representatives. ALP leader Kevin Rudd was officially sworn in as prime minister in December, bringing an end to the 11-year tenure of Liberal leader John Howard as head of Australia’s government.

Howard failed to retain his seat in the Bennelong constituency and stepped down as Liberal leader. Since their electoral defeat in 2007, the Liberals have had three different leaders: former defence minister Brendan Nelson, former environment minister Malcolm Turnbull, and former health minister Tony Abbott, who defeated Turnbull in an internal leadership ballot by just one vote in December 2009.

In a recent televised interview, Rudd defended what he called his "passion" for combating climate change, and accused interviewer Kerry O’Brien of misjudging his work at last year’s global climate conference in Copenhagen, saying, "[Climate change minister] Penny Wong and I sat up for three days and three nights with 20 leaders from around the world to try and frame a global agreement. Now, it might be easy for you to sit in 7.30 Report-land and say that was easy to do. Let me tell you, mate, it wasn’t."

Polling Data

If a federal election to the House of Representatives were held today, which one of the following would you vote for? If "Uncommitted", to which one of these do you have a leaning?

 

May 2

Apr. 18

Mar. 28

Coalition (Liberal / National)

43%

40%

38%

Australian Labor Party

35%

43%

43%

Australian Greens

10%

10%

12%

Others

12%

7%

7%

Two-Party Preferred Vote

 

May 2

Apr. 18

Mar. 28

Coalition (Liberal / National)

51%

46%

44%

Australian Labor Party

49%

54%

56%

Source: Newspoll / The Australian
Methodology: Telephone interviews with 1,161 Australian voters, conducted from Apr. 30 to May 2, 2010. Margin of error is 3 per cent.