A new poll suggests Julia Gillard's misogyny speech has done wonders for her personal standing among voters.
Apparently it's also relegated any possible threat from former prime minister Kevin Rudd.
The latest Fairfax-Neilsen poll on Monday gives Ms Gillard a 10-point margin over Mr Abbott - her biggest lead since February 2011.
She is now seen as preferred prime minister by 50 per cent of voters - up three points from the last poll, while Mr Abbott has slipped four points to 40 per cent.
And Labor's two-party vote has risen for the fourth consecutive month.
The coalition remains ahead in the two-party vote but has eased one point in five weeks to 52 per cent while the government added one point to 48 per cent.
The poll, of 1400 voters taken last Thursday to Saturday, shows Labor's primary vote is steady on 34 per cent, while the coalition's has fallen two points to 43 per cent.
The Greens picked up a point to 11 per cent.
Fairfax said the poll results will strengthen Ms Gillard against any threat from Mr Rudd who is increasing his activity in the electorate.
It comes amid fresh debate about Ms Gillard's role in the 2010 coup against Mr Rudd that has been sparked by a new book by former MP Maxine McKew.
Also in the poll, disapproval of Ms Gillard dropped five points to 48 per cent (approval minus disapproval), giving her a net approval of minus 1.
Her 47 per cent approval rating is her best since March 2011.
In contrast, Mr Abbott's disapproval is up one point to 60 per cent, a new personal record high while his approval also firmed one point to 37 per cent.
His net approval is steady at minus 23 per cent, equalling his personal record low. - AAP