The Australian government is ahead of the Opposition in the latest opinion poll, but both parties are trying to claim underdog status.
The Newspoll, published in The Australian on Monday, shows Labor has edged ahead of the coalition on a two-party preferred basis with 52% of the vote.
The coalition's two-party vote has slipped two points to 48%.
The same opinion poll this time last week had the two parties on a 50-50 split, ABC reports.
Julia Gillard has slipped one point in the preferred prime minister stakes, but still leads Opposition leader Tony Abbott 49% to 34%.