30 Aug 2013

Swing against ALP 'worse' in west Sydney

8:39 am on 30 August 2013

A new poll in Australia suggests a swing against Labor in western Sydney marginal seats is three times worse than the swing against the party across the rest of the country.

The Newspoll of five western Sydney marginal Labor electorates puts the ALP's primary vote in the region at 34%, down nine points since the 2010 election, while the coalition is up nine points at 52% over the same time.

On a two-party-preferred basis, there is a nine point swing away from Labor across the electorates of Greenway, Lindsay, Banks, Reid and Parramatta, all of which are held on margins of less than 5%.

AAP reports the survey of 800 voters in the five electorates was conducted from last Friday to Wednesday.

It was taken before the third debate between Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott at the Rooty Hill RSL.

Mr Rudd leads Mr Abbott as preferred prime minister nationally by 44% to 40%, but trails the opposition leader in western Sydney by 40% to 46%.