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Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Monday brushed off opinion polling that showed Labor headed for defeat in the September 7 parliamentary election.
“I've been written off many, many times before,” he said after a voter survey commissioned by The Australian newspaper showing Labor on 46 percent and Tony Abbott's conservative coalition on 54 percent.
Rudd is less popular than when he was replaced by Julia Gillard as Labor leader and prime minister in 2010 and is only marginally better placed than when he replaced Gillard in June.
The Newspoll survey has a margin of error of 2.4 percent.
Rudd revived Labor's chances when he returned - and is still ahead of Abbott as preferred prime minister 43 percent to 41 percent - but support is falling.
Finance Minister Penny Wong was asked by national broadcaster ABC if sticking with Gillard would have been a better bet.
“I'm looking ahead, I'm not looking back,” Wong said. - Sapa-dpa