Australian Labor Party Leads Opposition Coalition, Sydney Herald Reports

Australia’s ruling Labor Party is leading the opposition coalition in voter support, buoyed by a surge of women coming out in favor of Prime Minister Julia Gillard, the Sydney Morning Herald reported, citing a Herald/Nielsen poll. Labor leads the Coalition 54 percent to 46 percent on a two-party preferred basis, according to a survey of 1,400 voters taken from July 20 to 22. Some 56 percent of voters approve of Gillard’s performance, compared with 43 percent who are happy with opposition leader Tony Abbott.

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