Australia PM Gillard gets poll boost after sexism speech
SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's popularity has surged following her aggressive speech calling the opposition leader a misogynist and a sexist, a poll showed on Monday.
In the latest Fairfax-Nielsen poll, Ms Gillard has a 10-point margin as preferred leader over the man she savaged, Mr Tony Abbott, in a speech that went viral and won praise around the world.
Ms Gillard, the nation's first woman leader, is now seen as as preferred prime minister by 50 per cent of voters, up three points, while Abbott has slipped four points to 40 per cent. It is her biggest lead in 20 months.
While Ms Gillard's personal popularity has jumped, her ruling Labor party continues to lag the opposition in the two-party vote by 48 per cent to 52 per cent, according to the poll conducted a week after Mr Abbott's dressing down.