It appears that Prime Minister Julia Gillard has scored considerable 'political gains' over Opposition Leader Tony Abbott short of a week after she labelled the latter as sexist and misogynist in a fiery parliamentary speech that went viral worldwide.
Globally, Australia's first female prime minister won the general admiration and affirmation of men and women alike and the same case was seen locally as online news site Crikey reported on Monday that Ms Gillard's poll standings were lifted in the past week, thanks both to male and female voters.
Citing the survey conducted by The Essential Report from Wednesday to Saturday last week, Crikey said the Labor leader is now tied with Mr Abbott at 40 per cent as Australian men's preferred PM.
Ms Gillard's climb was very significant, the report said, considering that in September the Coalition leader was eight points ahead at 44 per cent as against to the prime minister's 36 per cent for the month.
Combining Ms Gillard's new-found traction with male Aussie voters, the Labor leader now holds a 7-point edge over Mr Abbott as the nation's preferred prime minister, with female voters mostly boosting her standing by providing her a 47 per cent push.
The report also indicated a positive trend for Labor, in which Ms Gillard has been successfully attracting the sympathy of the broad voting public, as shown in the upside movement of her poll numbers in the last two months, Crikey said.
"Gillard has been improving her ratings with voters for two months now and is within sight of something that, a year ago, looked impossible: a net zero approval rating," Crikey reported on Monday.
As of last week, the prime minister posted significant figures that largely painted voters' favourable view of her leadership - her approval soaring by six points to 41 per cent while in the disapproval department, she clipped the dismissal by three notches to 51 per cent.
What came out, The Essential Report said, was a net rating of -10 per cent, which is the best so far for Ms Gillard since the early months of 2011.
However, while Mr Abbott ended up with a net rating of -17 per cent for the same period, the Liberal leader actually collected some approval at 37 per cent while settling for a disproval of 54 per cent.
Surprisingly, Mr Abbott also improved on the way women perceived his persona, with female voters giving him disapproval figures of -19 per cent as compared to the last outing of -26 per cent, Crikey said.
It showed, analysts said, that personal attacks from Labor in the past two weeks failed to hit the mark, which was to drive away as much support from the Coalition and Mr Abbott.
And it showed in the two-party preferred contest, with Labor's 47 per cent still trails behind the Coalition's 53 per cent, largely supporting last week's poll numbers that were provided by Newspoll and News Ltd.
For the moment, Ms Gillard may have inspired wholesale support in so short a time but the numbers failed to shore up Labor's chances of averting a likely defeat in the 2013 federal election, political observers said.
At best, what the government has achieved in the past two months is to turn the tide of a stunning electoral wipe out next year, analysts added.
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