Julia Gillard has kept her lead over Tony Abbott as preferred prime minister in the first opinion poll of the year.
The Essential poll, published on Monday, put Ms Gillard nine points ahead of the opposition leader who was rated preferred prime minister by 33 per cent of voters.
The coalition’s two-party vote was down one point at 54 per cent, an election-winning lead.
The prime minister’s personal approval rating has lifted four points to 41 per cent over the past month – during which she took annual leave before returning to work to inspect bushfire damage in Tasmania and announce a royal commission into child abuse.
But her disapproval rating, despite falling four points, sits at 49 per cent.
Mr Abbott’s approval rating remained steady at 33 per cent, while 57 per cent of voters disapproved of the job he is doing.
Following the debate on voluntary voting, the poll showed 13 per cent of people probably or definitely would not vote if given the option, while 83 per cent said they would.Source: Courier Mail “Gillard ahead as preferred PM”
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More girl power …. good on her.