Labor edges ahead of Coalition in polls

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Labor has edged ahead of the Coalition in the latest opinion polls, with less than two weeks to go before election day.

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The latest Newspoll and Galaxy polls, published in News Ltd newspapers today, show Labor ahead on a two party preferred basis.

The Newspoll, published in The Australian newspaper, gives Labor a 52-48 lead — up from an even 50-50 result last week.

The Galaxy poll shows Labor on a similar lead — 51 to 49 per cent — while almost half the population thinks Opposition Leader Tony Abbott isn’t ready to become prime minister.

It says 48 per cent of voters don’t believe a coalition led by Mr Abbott is ready to govern, compared to 43 per cent who think it is.

The Galaxy poll shows primary support for the major parties has changed little in the past week, with Labor on 38 per cent and the coalition on 42 per cent, while the Greens remain on 13 per cent.

Newspoll figures also show the coalition has 42 per cent of the primary vote, down two points from last week’s poll.

Labor’s primary vote is 38 per cent — up one percentage point — while the Greens have 13 per cent.

Mr Abbott’s approval rating was down compared with last week’s Newspoll, with 41 per cent satisfied (down three points), 49 per cent dissatisfied (up three points) and 10 per cent uncommitted (steady).

Forty-three per cent of those polled said they were satisfied with Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s performance (up one point since last week), while 41 per cent said they were dissatisfied (up one) and 16 per cent were uncommitted (down two).

Ms Gillard also leads as preferred prime minister with 49 per cent support, 15 points ahead of Mr Abbott on 34 per cent.

The latest Newspoll was conducted by telephone from Friday to Sunday and involved 1712 interviews around Australia.