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Australia’s Gillard, Abbott Tied; Labor Party Leads

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott drew level in voter support as reports of leaks by members of Gillard’s government threaten to destabilize her election campaign.

Gillard’s rating fell 12 percentage points to 46 percent in the lead up to the Aug. 21 ballot, while Abbott rose 11 points to 46 percent compared with a survey a week earlier, a Morgan poll published today showed. The telephone survey of 680 people on July 27 and 28 has a margin of error of 3 percentage points. Still, the poll found Labor leads the opposition with 53 percent support to 47 percent.