Australia PM Rudd's support slumps ahead of election
SYDNEY (AFP) - A defiant Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd warned on Monday not to write him off as a new poll showed his popularity slumping barely three weeks away from elections.
After a fortnight of relentless campaigning, a Newspoll for The Australian newspaper showed voter satisfaction with him at 35 percent, down four points, while conservative rival Tony Abbott saw a three-point jump to 41 percent.
The number of people dissatisfied with Mr Rudd rose six points to 54 percent, his worst ever performance as prime minister and just below when he was ousted as Labor leader in 2010 by Ms Julia Gillard.
While he still edges Mr Abbott as preferred prime minister - 43 to 41 - his support is dwindling, having lost three points from the previous poll a week ago.