Abbott on track for election victory in Australia: poll
SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's conservatives led by Tony Abbott are maintaining an election-winning lead over Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, a poll showed on Monday, after a first leaders' debate was widely called a draw.
As the race to September 7 elections entered its second week, a Newspoll published in The Australian had Mr Abbott's coalition leading Labor 52 per cent to 48 percent on a two-party basis, the same as a week ago.
More worrying for Mr Rudd is that Mr Abbott is catching him in the preferred prime minister stakes.
The charismatic Rudd has long been seen in polls as favoured leader, compared to his rival, but Mr Abbott has significantly narrowed the gap from 14 points to nine since the campaign was called on August 4.