Back from the brink: Rudd takes ALP to 50-50 chance

Kevin Rudd has brought bacl Labor back to an even chance.
Kevin Rudd has brought bacl Labor back to an even chance. John Gass

THE return of Kevin Rudd to the Prime Minister's office has seen Labor stake a claim as a 50-50 chance in the upcoming federal election.

In the latest Newspoll, published on Tuesday, Labor fortunes returned, with both major parties sitting squarely on 50% each of the two-party preferred vote.

The poll shows a massive swing back to Mr Rudd as preferred Prime Minister, with voter satisfaction up seven points to 43% since last week.

Mr Rudd's personal popularity has been the key to the return to the party's wider fortunes, removing Opposition Leader Tony Abbott's previous 45% to 33% lead over Julia Gillard as preferred PM just two weeks ago.

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