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Australian voters warming to Abbott government, says new poll

Embattled Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott may have earned himself a reprieve.

Facing the prospect of a second leadership spill as early as Tuesday, Abbott's chances of staying in the job with the release of the results of a Fairfax-Ipsos poll showing the government has narrowed gap against the Labor party which it had been trailing for well over a year.

The poll has sprung a surprise as it was conducted from Thursday to Saturday, as the government remained in turmoil and facing a leadership crisis.

Nonetheless the poll is impressive for the Liberal Party, and puts it within striking distance of overtaking Labor with its 49% trailing 51%.
The negative for Abbott however, in the Fairfax-Ipsos poll, which was conducted by phone and involved 1,406 interviewees eligible to vote, from across the country, reveals that only 21% of voters believe the prime minister has the confidence of his party. The poll also puts Malcolm Turnbull well ahead of Abbott in terms of leadership strength, at 60% versus 33%.

"While the Coalition share of the vote has marginally increased, the ratings for Abbott remain poor, and Turnbull receives very high ratings for his personal attributes," Jessica Elgood of Fairfax-Ipsos said Sunday night.

"Voters appear to already be factoring in Abbott's potential departure. They don't like him, prefer Turnbull and assume Abbott is not long in his job," she said.
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