Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Poll: John Howard support plunges 10%

An ACNielsen poll out on Tuesday has Labor leading the coalition 41 per cent to 40 per cent in the primary vote, and 54 to 46 on a two-party preferred basis.

The poll, published by Fairfax newspapers, also shows support for Prime Minister John Howard plunged 10 percentage points to 49 per cent, although he is still ahead of Labor leader Kim Beazley, whose support eased four points to 42 per cent.

"Polls are going to come and go but it's clear that the industrial relations agenda of the Howard government is giving the community a huge amount of real concern, and that is reflected in today's polls," Peter Garrett said.

"I think it also says something pretty profound about the way in which Australia's way of life will be altered if these reforms pass through the Senate and the fact that people are anxious about the government and Mr Howard having total control.

"Legislation which has such a strong ideology foundation that doesn't have strong economic or social reason will be looked at by most of the Australian community with a lot of concern, and I think that is what we are seeing with these figures."

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