Kevin Rudd leads Tony Abbott as preferred Prime Minister: poll
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Prime Minister Kevin Rudd with Labor candidate Susan Templeman
In the first national poll since Kevin Rudd returned as Prime Minister, results show he has taken a significant lead as the country's preferred leader.
Today's Galaxy poll published in News Limited papers reveals 51 per cent of respondents believe Mr Rudd would make the best prime minister, compared to 34 per cent for Mr Abbott.
Fifteen per cent of those surveyed said they were uncommitted.
Mr Rudd's position shows an 18 per cent jump from Julia Gillard's position in March.
The Prime Minister said he was heartened by the boost Labor has received, but added it was important the party did not get ahead of itself.
In a statement, he said it was encouraging to see voters already responding to his brand of "positive, policy-driven" politics.
However, the poll shows the Coalition continues to lead Labor 51 per cent to 49 per cent, on a two-party preferred basis.
Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said he was not surprised by the results.
Tony Abbott spoke yesterday at the official Liberal Party campaign launch
"We've always said that the polls would tighten," he said.
"They would've tightened under Julia Gillard. Of course, they've tightened under Kevin Rudd - that's what I would expect.
"But, regardless of who the Labor Party leader is, Australia needs a better government."
The survey, conducted by Galaxy Research on June 27-28, revealed the opinions of 1,002 voters.
Poll data has been projected to reflect the Australian population.
Prime Minister set to announce new Cabinet line-up
More than a third of Cabinet quit in the wake of the Labor leadership change, with a number of MPs declaring they will retire from politics at the next election.
A new frontbench is due to be sworn in by Governor-General Quentin Bryce tomorrow.
Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has told Sky News it will be a chance to revitalise the Government.
"When people stand down, that brings an opportunity to get some fresh ideas in, to have a fresh look at what the Government's been doing. I think it's been a very effective Government," he said.
Mr Rudd intends to increase the number of women in the ministry from nine to 11.
Victorian Senator Jacinta Collins will become the Minister for Mental Health and the Member for Ballarat, Catherine King, will be promoted to the Regional Australia portfolio.
Tasmania's Julie Collins will enter Cabinet with the portfolio for Housing, Homeless and Status of Women, while West Australian MP Melissa Parke will have the International Development and Aid portfolio.
They will join senior ministers Penny Wong, Tanya Plibersek and Jenny Macklin.
Ms King says despite the loss of some ministers, there is still plenty of talent left in the ALP.
"I think that we've got a real depth of experience across the entire federal Labor Party caucus," she said.
"That's not to say that the ministers that we are losing have been extraordinary performers both in our parliament and outside, and have brought really important legacy in terms of the policy-making within the party."