Poll: Australian government faces backlash in by-election

2015-08-18 10:13
Prime Minister Tony Abbott. (Bas Czerwinski, AFP)

Prime Minister Tony Abbott. (Bas Czerwinski, AFP)

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Canberra - Australia's beleaguered prime minister faces a political test next month as an opinion poll shows his centre-right party faces a large swing against it in a by-election in the nation's most conservative state.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott's ruling coalition is battling poor polling and internal division over whether Australia should lift a ban on same-sex marriage.

A poll published in The Australian newspaper on Tuesday shows that Abbott's Liberal Party could lose a by-election on Sept. 19 in Western Australia state.

The poll showed the Liberal Party was more popular than the opposition Labor Party by 51-to-49%. That result was within the poll's 4.3 percentage point margin of error. It was based on a weekend survey of 508 voters.

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