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Australian PM Who Backed Bush, Iraq Invasion, Set To Lose Election

First Posted: 03/28/08 03:45 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 01:20 PM ET


Australia's conservative government remains well behind the opposition Labor Party and looks likely to be swept from office in parliamentary elections on Nov. 24, a new poll showed on Tuesday.

With just four days of campaigning left, support for Prime Minister John Howard's conservatives had risen 1 point to 46 percent, while support for Kevin Rudd's Labor had dropped by a point to 54 percent on preferences, a Newspoll showed. If the result was confirmed on polling day, Labor would win 87 seats in the 150-seat lower house, ending 11 years of conservative government and Howard's hopes of a fifth term.

The poll in the Australian newspaper showed support for Howard as Prime Minister had risen 2 points to 42 percent, while support for Rudd had fallen by the same amount to 46 percent.

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Filed by Nico Pitney  |