Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Education Policy in Week of Poor Polls; PM Wants to Score a Reform A[euro][approximately]hole in onea[euro][TM] by June 30

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Education Policy in Week of Poor Polls; PM Wants to Score a Reform A[euro][approximately]hole in onea[euro][TM] by June 30

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Byline: APN Newsdesk

ADAM Scottas US Masters victory proved to be a timely distraction for Labor yesterday morning as fewer than one-in-three people pledged their support for the party in the latest Nielsen poll.

Laboras primary support has slumped two points in the past month to sit at a lowly 29% a its worst result since June last year, when the Coalitionas anti-carbon tax campaign was at its most fervent.

The Coalitionas primary vote was up two points to an amazing 49% in the Nielsen poll, published by Fairfax.

After the allocation of preferences the Coalition held a landslide election-winning lead of 57a43%.

Labor would stand to lose as many as 29 lower house seats, leaving it with just 43 in total, if a swing of 7% was replicated around the country on September 14.

On the other hand, the Coalition would hold 105 seats in the House of Representatives, a net gain of 32 seats.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott extended his current lead over Prime Minister Julia as preferred prime minister from 49a43% in March to 53a43% in the latest poll.

It came as Ms Gillard engaged in a heavy media blitz to sell her proposed education reforms. …

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