29 Oct 2012

Labor, coalition neck and neck: Newspoll

5:29 am on 29 October 2012

The Gillard government and the coalition are now neck and neck with voters on a two-party preferred basis, according to the latest Newspoll.

In the poll, taken over the weekend, Labor's primary vote has lifted three points to 36% over the past three weeks, while the coalition's support dropped four points to 41%. AAP reports the Greens are unchanged at 10%.

Based on preference flows at the last election, The Australian said on Monday that Labor and the coalition are locked at 50-50.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard remains ahead as the preferred prime minister, with her support gaining two points to 45%. Opposition Leader Tony Abbott firmed one point to 34%.