Newspoll shows Labor maintaining its 55-45 two-party lead from last fortnight. Kevin Rudd has gained a point and Brendan Nelson lost one on the question of preferred leader, Rudd now leading 65 per cent to 14 per cent.
UPDATE: The Australian has not published a graphic this time, but you can read all about it at the Newspoll site. The paper also reports on an Essential Research survey on emissions trading, but we are told only that 58 per cent of Coalition voters believe Australia should take action even if other countries do not, while only 25 per cent of the 1700 voters polled believed Australia should act only when other major economies agreed to do so. The West Australian has also published results on the subject from last week’s Westpoll survey of 400 respondents in WA, showing two-thirds of the poll’s respondents agree that a carbon trading regime should be introduced according to the Prime Minister’s timetable. However, 69 per cent believe the US, China and India would need to adopt their own trading schemes if Kevin Rudd’s plan for an Australian ETS by 2010 was to be effective, and 47 per cent of respondents were not prepared to pay more for petrol.
UPDATE 2: Full report from Essential Research here. It includes a 59-41 result on federal voting intention based on two weeks of data, with a 3 per cent shift denoting that the week past was quite a lot better for the Coalition than a fortnight ago. There were also questions on the Catholic Church’s response to child abuse by priests and religious affiliation in general. Results were obtained from a targeted online panel of 1013 respondents.