08 Mar '11, 3am

Australian PM Gillard slumps to record poll low

SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's popularity has plummeted to a record low after she announced plans for a carbon tax, an opinion poll published Tuesday showed. The dismal findings come as Gillard is on a high-profile visit to the United States to meet US President Barack Obama and address Congress. The Newspoll findings show that support for Gillard's Labor Party has crashed from 36 to 30 per cent in the past fortnight - a level not seen since support for Labor hit 31 per cent under Paul Keating during the 1993 recession. "In just two weeks, Ms Gillard's personal support has gone from its best since she became prime minister (50 per cent) in June last year to her worst (39 per cent)," The Australian newspaper added in publishing the poll. The survey of 1,202 people found that most (53 per cent) opposed the carbon tax while only 42 per cent supported Gillar...

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