THE Australian Labor Party’s stocks rose at the end of the year.
But support remains low enough in NSW and Queensland to ensure a heavy federal election loss, according to an analysis of the latest Newspoll data.
Support for Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the federal government improved among women, older people and voters in South Australia and Western Australia between October and December.
But Labor would lose up to six seats in Queensland, eight in NSW and three in Victoria were an election to be held now, The Australian newspaper reported.
The losses would include the seats of a number of high-profile ministers.
Newspoll data shows personal support for Ms Gillard rose from 37 to 39 per cent during the October-December quarter.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott’s support slipped from 41 to 38 per cent.
On a two-party preferred basis federal Labor now sits on national support of 45 per cent while the coalition is on 55 per cent.