Coalition and Labor support are equal in new poll

THE popularity of new Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has pushed Labor's support to dead even with the Coalition in little more than three weeks, a Fairfax-Nielsen poll found on Monday.

The poll saw Mr Rudd's popularity overtake Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, with 55% of voters supporting the Prime Minister over 41% backing Mr Abbott.

It also saw Mr Rudd become the first leader since 2010 to have more voters supporting his performance, rather than disapproving of his performance.

The bounce in Labor's fortunes come as Mr Rudd was in Papua New Guinea to talk trade and asylum seekers with PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

Mr Rudd will join more than 10 of his key ministers in Rockhampton on Tuesday for a Community Cabinet meeting, in the key electorate of Capricornia.

The electorate, currently held by incumbent Kirsten Livermore, is one of swag of seats hanging in the balance in the election, with just a 3.7% margin to Labor in the 2010 poll.