Galaxy Poll puts Labor neck-and-neck with Coalition

APN NewsdeskKEVIN Rudd's appeal to voters has pushed Labor's primary vote to 40%, the highest since Julia Gillard was elected Prime Minister three years ago, the latest Galaxy poll found

The poll, conducted for News Limited, was completed over two days last week, just after Mr Rudd announced his Papua New Guinea asylum seeker deal.

It found Labor's primary vote rose 2% to 40%, with the Coalition steady on 44% and the two-party preferred dead even on 50:50.

The poll was the latest in a string of such surveys that show Australia could be up for another hung parliament, depending on preference flows and individual seat results.

It comes after Mr Rudd skipped what was widely expected to be an election date announcement last week, keeping his cards close to his chest on the poll date.

While speculation was rife for an election in late August, some reports now say it could be in September, although unlikely the 24th, a date that coincides with the Jewish Yom Kippur atonement.

A key question of who had the best vision for the future had Mr Rudd at 46% and Opposition Leader Tony Abbott 36%, but 18% of those surveyed did not back either leader.

The poll surveyed the views of just over 1000 voters around the country.