26 Aug 2013

Labor support up, but Coalition still ahead

12:37 pm on 26 August 2013

A new opinion poll published this morning in Australia, shows Labor's primary vote has risen for the first time since the election campaign began.

However, despite the increase in support, the Newspoll survey still has the opposition Liberal-National Coalition in an election winning position.

The poll show's Labor's primary vote has risen three percentage points to 37%, while support for the Coalition remains steady at 47%.

After preferences, Labor is trailing the coalition on 47% compared with the Coalition's 53%.

The poll shows Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has extended his lead over opposition leader Tony Abbott in the preferred prime minister stakes.

Mr Abbott says the election was always going to be close.

The poll's margin of error is 3%.