SYDNEY, July 24 (Reuters) - Australia's Labour government has consolidated its election-winning lead over the conservative opposition one week into the campaign for the August 21 election, a poll published today showed.
The Nielsen poll gave the government a solid lead of 54 percent to 46 percent.
It also showed that Prime Minister Julia Gillard's status as Australia's first female prime minister was drawing strong support from female voters, with support from women significantly higher than support from men.
Female supporters preferred Labor by 58 percent to 42 percent on a two-party basis, while support among men was tied at 50-50.
Gillard ousted her predecessor Kevin Rudd last month in an internal party revolt.