Turnbull’s Liberals Lead Labor in Poll Before Vote

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Liberal party is ahead of the opposition Labor camp heading into next Saturday’s election, according to a poll in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper.

About 42 percent of those surveyed supported the Liberals, while 35 percent favored Labor, the Galaxy poll in the Telegraph showed. The Greens received the backing of 11 percent and 12 percent opted for an independent candidate or another party, the report said. The poll had voters split 50-50 between Liberal and Labor on a two-party preferred basis.

Australians go to the polls on July 2 in what is set to be a tightly contested race to decide whether Turnbull’s coalition gets a second term in office. The shock British decision to leave the European Union underscores the need for a majority government in Australia, Turnbull said Saturday. His center-right coalition is expected to retain power over the Labor opposition, headed by Bill Shorten, though his lower house majority could be whittled down.

The Sunday Telegraph didn’t cite a margin for error on the poll, the number of respondents or say when it was conducted.

(Corrects polling methodology reference in second paragraph.)
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