Poll shows Australian Labor government losing support

08:54, July 12, 2011      

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One day after the Australian federal government released details on carbon tax, a new poll on Monday showed Labor government is losing an election in a landslide.

The latest Essential Report, conducted on July 6-10 surveying about 1,899 Australians, showed the Coalition leads Labor 57 percent to 43 percent on a two party basis.

While one year ago Prime Minister Julia Gillard was leading Opposition Leader Tony Abbott 53 to 26 percent as preferred prime minister, the latest poll showed Abbott now leads Gillard by 39 to 37 percent.

Gillard's personal rating hit a new low with only 29 percent of people approving of the job she is doing as Prime Minister, down from 34 percent in mid-June, while some 62 percent of voters disapproved of her performance.

Abbott's approval rating is 39 percent, with 49 percent of disapproval.

"This is the first time we've [Essential] had him ahead and the approval ratings for Gillard have been rapidly reducing over the last couple of months," Essential's pollster Andrew Bunn told ABC News Online on Monday.

"The major movement started in both voting intention and approval from the announcement in February of the carbon pricing. The two party preferred was neck-and-neck in February and it's now 57-43."

The poll also showed the lowest approval for a carbon price is 53 percent against and 35 percent in favor.

The results were published as Gillard on Sunday released details on carbon tax scheme, and on Monday began her campaign to sell the climate change plan.

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