Australian election will be closer than polls suggest, says Rudd
SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Saturday said he believed the upcoming election would be closer than polls suggest, after a survey showed the government faced a wipeout in crucial seats.
The Labor leader is trailing conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott ahead of September 7 national polls, and a Newspoll published in The Weekend Australian revealed he would likely lose key marginal seats in New South Wales and Victoria.
"I believe that the Australian people in the course of the last week and 10 days of this campaign, will begin to lock on to their choices," Mr Rudd said on Saturday as he campaigned in the northern city of Darwin.
"I've seen a range of polls both public and private which suggest to me this election will end up a little closer than people think."