Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Prime Minister Julia Gillard Rob Williams

Newspoll shows same support for Labor as last election

THE first Newspoll of 2013 shows a wave of support for Labor, almost exactly on par with its ratings at the last election.

Published in The Australian newspaper on Tuesday, the poll found the Labor government's primary vote improved by six points to 38% compared to the previous poll taken in early December.

These gains coincided with falling support for the Greens and others as the Coalition's primary vote fell just two points to 44%.

But the Coalition still leads on a two-party preferred basis, holding 51% compared to the ALP's 49%.

The levels of support for each party were almost at this exact level when Labor won the 2010 election after negotiating with independents and Greens.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard is the preferred PM over Tony Abbott, holding 45% support compared to his 33%.

Another 22% were uncommitted to either.

The polls taken at the weekend coincided with Ms Gillard saying education reform and supporting families were going to spearhead her re-election campaign.

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