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Australian Labor's support slides after leadership battle: Newspoll

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13:59, March 13, 2012

SYDNEY, March 13 (Xinhua) -- The level of the Australian Labor Party's electoral support slipped four points in the fortnight since the leadership battle was ended, according to the latest Newspoll published in The Australian newspaper on Tuesday.

The survey conducted by Newspoll Market Research for The Australian between Friday and Sunday, showed the Coalition's primary vote also fell from 45 percent to 43 percent, while Labor' s primary vote sank from 35 percent to 31 percent, its lowest level since late in January.

It was the first poll since Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard beat former Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd in a leadership ballot on February 27.

However, on the preferred prime minister measure, Gillard regained the lead she lost to Opposition Leader Tony Abbott late in January, enjoying support of 39 percent compared to Abbott's 37 percent.

But the Coalition retained an election-winning lead of 53 percent to Labor's 47 percent on a two-party preferred basis, the Newspoll showed.

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