9 Jun 2013

Rudd would improve Labor chances: poll

10:28 am on 9 June 2013

A poll of key electorates in Australia suggests Labor's election chances would greatly improve if Kevin Rudd was reinstated as prime minister.

The Fairfax Media/ReachTEL poll found that with Mr Rudd as leader, Labor would receive nearly 7% more votes on a two-party preferred basis, if results from the electorates were reflected across the country.

Schools Education Minister Peter Garrett and Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare would lose their seats with Julia Gillard as prime minister, but the poll found both would comfortably retain their seats if Mr Rudd were leading the party.

The vote for Treasurer Wayne Swan would also improve if Mr Rudd were leader.

AAP reports the poll also showed that 29% of people believe Prime Minister Gillard is doing a very poor job, compared to the 18% of people who believe she is doing a very good job.