THE second major poll released since Prime Minister Kevin Rudd wrested his old job back from Julia Gillard shows the Labor Party has a pulse.
Mr Rudd's political resurrection delivered a six-point boost to Labor's primary and two-party-preferred votes in Monday's Newspoll.
Despite the tumult of last week, Labor's primary vote has jumped to a six-month high of 35%, while support for the Coalition was down five points to 43%.
Using preference flows from the 2010 election, Labor has narrowed the 2PP gap to 51-49%.
While the Coalition would still win government with such a result, Labor would stand to lose just four seats compared to the 30-seat wipeout it faced according to the previous Newspoll.
Of course the test will now be whether the new-found support holds in the weeks ahead.
The 51-49% result mirrored the result of a Galaxy poll published by News Limited on Sunday.
Both polls also showed Mr Rudd leapfrogging Opposition Leader Tony Abbott as better prime minister by a substantial margin.
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