19 Jan 2010

Support slipping for Rudd - Newspoll

12:44 pm on 19 January 2010

The latest Newspoll in Australia shows support for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is slipping.

The Newspoll, in The Australian newspaper on Tuesday, shows the number of voters satisfied with Mr Rudd's performance is down six points to 52%.

But he is still the preferred prime minister at 57%. The ABC reports Opposition leader Tony Abbott's rating was up 2% to 25%.

On a two-party preferred basis, Labor is ahead, but the gap is closing.

Labor fell slightly from 56% to 54%, while support for the Coalition increased by the same margin to 46%.

Mr Abbott told Radio 2GB on Tuesday that the poll result shows Mr Rudd focuses too much on maintaining his popularity instead of making tough decisions.