Morgan gives Labor 11 % margin end of first week

Morgan confirms Newspoll. There appears to be a huge gap between Labor and the Coalition which has opened-up over the last month. While electors were initially slow to warm to Julia Gillard they have now conquered their shyness.

Gary Morgan says:

“The Gillard Government (55.5%) still enjoys a strong Two-Party preferred lead over the L-NP (44.5%) in the first week of official campaigning for the Federal Election set for Saturday August 21, 2010.

“Despite continued discussion about how she got the job, a special telephone Morgan Poll conducted this week showed Julia Gillard (52%) is clearly preferred ALP Leader over Kevin Rudd (21%). Importantly, electors clearly prefer Gillard (58%) to Opposition Leader Tony Abbott (29%) as ‘Better PM.’

“The question of whether Opposition Leader Tony Abbott plans to bring back the Howard Government’s ‘WorkChoices’ industrial relations legislation if elected has been the subject of negative ALP campaigning over the past two weeks and may have contributed to the slide in the L-NP primary vote during this period to  38.5% - down 2.5% from July 10/11, 2010 and also down 1% since last weekend — July 17/18, 2010.

“Additionally, today’s results and those of a special telephone Morgan Poll on asylum seekers and immigration released yesterday, show that while a clear majority of Australians (64%) want ‘boat people’ returned and told to apply through normal refugee channels, the fall in the L-NP vote during the past two weeks indicate it is not a clear vote-winner for the Coalition.”


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