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Labor's primary vote slumps

NO matter how you read or interpret them, two polls out on Monday are bad news for Julia Gillard and her government.

Labor politicians awoke to what could only be described as a shocking Nielsen poll result, with Labor's primary vote slumping 2% to a record-equalling 26%.

The Coalition's primary support was down 1% to 48% in the poll published by Fairfax, translating to a two-party-preferred result of 57-43%.

Other than the previous Nielsen poll, which had the Coalition ahead 58-42%, the 57-43 margin has remained since February.

The poll revealed both leaders remained deeply unpopular, with Tony Abbott only marginally ahead of Ms Gillard (46-44%).

And the day ended as it began for Labor, with Essential Vision's weekly poll showing the Coalition ahead 56-44%, a change of 1% to Labor on last week's poll.

The primary vote for each remained unchanged, with 33% for Labor and 50% for the Coalition.

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