Voters turn against Labor

Written By miftah nugraha on Minggu, 24 Maret 2013 | 19.55

LABOR'S leadership fiasco has trashed the office of the Prime Minister, according to a majority of voters who have also declared Julia Gillard a "lame duck" leader.

In the first opinion poll to ask voters their verdict on the wreckage of Kevin Rudd's final leadership tilt, they have warned the Prime Minister's third leadership battle victory has not legitimised her.

A majority -- 60 per cent -- agree she is a "lame duck" in the lead-up to the September 14 election and 71 per cent believe the office of the Prime Minister has been damaged.

But voters questioned in the exclusive Galaxy poll, conducted for News Limited, are divided over whether an early election is the answer.

The vast majority of Liberal voters have had enough but 47 per cent of voters overall are happy to wait.

Support for Labor is at a rock bottom 32 per cent, a result that would see Ms Gillard lose up to 18 seats.

The Galaxy poll has found the majority of voters -- 52 per cent -- still believe the Labor Party made the wrong decision rejecting Mr Rudd.

Tomorrow, Ms Gillard is likely to announce her second major frontbench reshuffle in just seven weeks after four ministers were sacked or quit over the failed Rudd coup.

The fate of Aged Care Minister Mark Butler hung in the balance yesterday amid suggestions some senior frontbenchers were cautioning the Prime Minister against sacking him.

Gillard backers had been calling for Mr Butler's head with one describing him as "gutless" for not falling on his sword after he was linked to the Rudd camp but the Prime Minister praised him as an "able minister" at a press conference.

"I'll deal with the ministerial reshuffle in coming days," Ms Gillard said.

Another Rudd backer, Anthony Albanese, also broke his silence over claims he was Kevin Rudd's choice as deputy prime minister, acknowledging the former prime minister had been "supportive of my political contribution".

"(But) I have never asked for support as deputy. There was and is no vacancy," Mr Albanese said. "I would never run against Wayne Swan."

According to the Galaxy poll, which included a national sample of 1005 voters and was held over Friday and yesterday, a majority of voters -- 55 per cent -- also believe Mr Rudd has been true to his word not to challenge Ms Gillard.

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