Leader Attributes – Tony Abbott

Jan 14, 2013

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott?

 

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4 Oct 10

7 Feb 11

27 Jun 11

2 Apr 12

17 Sept 12

14 Jan 13

Change

Intelligent

70%

71%

64%

61%

56%

62%

64%

+2%

Hard-working

76%

78%

72%

75%

68%

67%

70%

+3%

A capable leader

47%

52%

48%

45%

41%

37%

43%

+6%

Arrogant

59%

60%

58%

60%

61%

63%

61%

-2%

Out of touch with ordinary people

57%

53%

54%

57%

54%

57%

54%

-3%

Understands the problems facing Australia

50%

53%

50%

48%

49%

43%

47%

+4%

Visionary

32%

31%

27%

27%

26%

29%

28%

-1%

Superficial

45%

49%

49%

51%

48%

-3%

Good in a crisis

40%

42%

41%

40%

36%

35%

39%

+4%

Narrow-minded

56%

53%

51%

54%

54%

59%

56%

-3%

More honest than most politicians

33%

32%

31%

32%

30%

27%

29%

+2%

Trustworthy

33%

35%

34%

32%

32%

30%

33%

+3%

Intolerant

53%

49%

-4%

Aggressive

59%

55%

-4%

Erratic

51%

51%

Abbott’s key attributes were hard-working (70%), intelligent (64%), arrogant (61%), narrow-minded (56%), aggressive (55%) and out of touch with ordinary people (54%).

Since September last year, Tony Abbott has improved his ratings a little on most positive attributes – the biggest shift being for a capable leader (+6%).

Leader attributes – comparisons

Jan 14, 2013
 

Gillard

Abbott

Difference

Intelligent

72%

64%

+8%

Hard-working

72%

70%

+2%

A capable leader

50%

43%

+7%

Arrogant

47%

61%

-14%

Out of touch with ordinary people

53%

54%

-1%

Understands the problems facing Australia

47%

47%

Visionary

29%

28%

+1%

Superficial

46%

48%

-2%

Good in a crisis

50%

39%

+11%

Narrow-minded

45%

56%

-11%

More honest than most politicians

30%

29%

+1%

Trustworthy

32%

33%

-1%

Intolerant

37%

49%

-12%

Aggressive

46%

55%

-9%

Erratic

40%

51%

-11%

Compared to Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard is seen as more likely to be considered good in a crisis (+11%), intelligent (+8%) and a capable leader (+7%).

Abbott is regarded by significantly more respondents to be arrogant (+14%), narrow minded (+11%), intolerant (+12%) and erratic (+11%).

Holiday leave over xmas period

Dec 17, 2012

Q. How much holiday leave will you be taking over the Xmas period?

 

Total

Work full time

Work part time

Men

Women

Aged 18-34

Aged 35-54

Aged 55+

None

26%

24%

30%

25%

27%

31%

23%

25%

1-2 days

11%

10%

11%

10%

11%

14%

9%

8%

3-4 days

11%

13%

8%

13%

9%

10%

11%

14%

About a week

16%

18%

10%

16%

15%

14%

16%

18%

About 2 weeks

19%

20%

16%

18%

19%

19%

19%

18%

About 3 weeks

8%

7%

10%

6%

11%

6%

9%

6%

More than 3 weeks

10%

8%

15%

11%

9%

6%

12%

9%

  • Based on respondents employed full-time or part-time

74% of employed respondents said  they will be taking some leave over the Xmas period. 22% are taking less than a week, 25% one or two weeks and 18% three weeks or more. 26% are taking no leave at all over the Xmas period.

Part time workers are more likely to be taking no leave (30%) but also more likely to be taking three weeks or more (25% compared to 15% of full-time workers).

31% of workers aged under 35 are taking no leave and 40% of workers aged 35-54 are taking at least two weeks.

Type of holiday leave over xmas period

Dec 17, 2012

Q. Is that paid or unpaid leave?

 

Total

Work full time

Work part time

1-2 days

3-4 days

About a week

About 2 weeks

About 3 weeks

More than 3 weeks

All paid leave

70%

86%

36%

74%

73%

76%

69%

65%

62%

All unpaid leave

23%

8%

55%

24%

20%

18%

23%

28%

25%

Some paid, some unpaid

6%

6%

7%

2%

5%

6%

8%

7%

10%

Don’t know

1%

*

2%

2%

3%

*Based on respondents taking holiday leave

70% of those taking leave were taking all their leave as paid leave and 23% were taking unpaid leave.

55% of part-time workers (including casual workers) were taking all their leave unpaid.

 

 

Satisfaction with holiday leave over xmas period

Dec 17, 2012

Q. Which of the following best describes how you feel about your Xmas leave?

 

Total

Work full time

Work part time

None

1-2 days

3-4 days

About a week

About 2 weeks

About 3 weeks

More than 3 weeks

I am satisfied with my Xmas leave

63%

63%

61%

43%

56%

58%

68%

71%

84%

83%

I would like to take more leave but I don’t have any available

14%

16%

10%

14%

21%

24%

16%

13%

9%

I would like to take more leave but my employer won’t allow it

13%

15%

9%

26%

16%

15%

10%

6%

4%

I would like to take less leave, but my employer won’t allow it

4%

3%

7%

5%

2%

5%

9%

5%

6%

Don’t know

6%

3%

13%

18%

2%

2%

1%

2%

8%

* Based on respondents employed full-time or part-time

63% of employed respondents were satisfied with their Xmas period leave arrangements. However, 27% would prefer to take more leave but either didn’t have any available or were not allowed to take more.

40% of those not taking any leave said they would like to take leave – including 26% who said their employer would not allow them to take leave.

Federal politics – voting intention

Dec 17, 2012

Q. If a Federal Election was held today to which party will you probably give your first preference vote? If not sure, which party are you currently leaning toward?

Q. If don’t know -Well which party are you currently leaning to?

Sample size = 1,911 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago

19/11/12

2 weeks ago

3/12/12

Last week

10/12/12

This week

17/12/12

Liberal

43%

44%

45%

45%

National

3%

3%

3%

3%

Total Lib/Nat

43.6%

46%

47%

48%

48%

Labor

38.0%

36%

37%

36%

36%

Greens

11.8%

10%

9%

8%

8%

Other/Independent

6.6%

9%

7%

8%

8%

 

2PP

Election

21 Aug 10

4 weeks ago

2 weeks ago

Last week

This week

Total Lib/Nat

49.9%

53%

53%

54%

55%

Labor

50.1%

47%

47%

46%

45%

NB.  The data in the above tables comprise 2-week averages derived from the first preference/leaning to voting questions.  Respondents who select ‘don’t know’ are not included in the results.  The two-party preferred estimate is calculated by distributing the votes of the other parties according to their preferences at the 2010 election. These estimates have a confidence interval of approx. plus or minus 2-3%.

The past year – the economy and industries

Dec 17, 2012

Q. Thinking about the last 12 months, has it been a good or bad year for each of the following?

 

Total good

(Dec 10

Total bad

(Dec 10)

Total good

(Dec 11)

Total bad (Dec 11)

Total good

(Dec 12)

Total bad

(Dec 12)

Very good

Good

Neither good nor
bad

Bad

Very bad

Don’t know

The banks

69%

13%

71%

8%

68%

11%

30%

38%

17%

8%

3%

5%

The mining industry

57%

14%

68%

11%

53%

19%

17%

36%

22%

15%

4%

6%

Large companies and corporations

44%

15%

40%

22%

32%

31%

5%

27%

32%

25%

6%

6%

The Australian economy

41%

20%

33%

31%

29%

37%

4%

25%

32%

28%

9%

3%

You and your family

na

na

na

na

29%

36%

6%

23%

34%

25%

11%

2%

The media

30%

14%

25%

27%

21%

40%

5%

16%

33%

29%

11%

6%

Farming and agriculture

14%

50%

23%

40%

20%

40%

2%

18%

33%

28%

12%

7%

Trade unions

na

na

na

na

18%

30%

4%

14%

37%

22%

8%

15%

The environment

14%

37%

20%

33%

18%

37%

3%

15%

40%

26%

11%

6%

The average Australian

na

na

na

na

17%

45%

2%

15%

36%

34%

11%

3%

Small business

14%

45%

10%

61%

10%

62%

1%

9%

24%

39%

23%

5%

Australian politics in general

na

na

na

na

9%

61%

2%

7%

26%

29%

32%

4%

A majority of respondents think it has been a good year for the banks (68%) and the mining industry (53%). They are split over whether it has been a good year for large companies and corporations (32% good/31% bad). However, they are much more likely to think the year has been bad for small business (62%), Australian politics in general (61%), the average Australian (45%), farming and agriculture (40%) and the media (40%).

Compared to last year’s results, respondents considered 2012 a worse year than 2011 for the mining industry (“good” down 15% to 53%), large companies and corporations (“good” down 8% to 32%) and the media (“bad” up 13% to 40%).

The past year – political parties

Dec 17, 2012

Q. Has it been a good or bad year for each of the following political parties?

 

Total good

(Dec 10)

Total bad

(Dec 10)

Total good

(Dec 11)

Total bad

(Dec 11)

Total good

(Dec 12)

Total bad

(Dec 12)

Very good

Good

Neither good nor bad

Bad

Very bad

Don’t know

The Liberal Party

33%

27%

27%

30%

19%

40%

5%

14%

34%

27%

13%

7%

The Labor Party

21%

47%

16%

53%

15%

57%

4%

11%

21%

30%

27%

6%

The Greens

42%

21%

33%

29%

14%

44%

2%

12%

32%

23%

21%

12%

The independents

na

na

na

na

13%

33%

2%

11%

39%

18%

15%

14%


 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

 

Total good

Total bad

Total good

Total bad

Total good

Total bad

Total good

Total bad

The Liberal Party

19%

40%

9%

62%

37%

19%

6%

69%

The Labor Party

15%

57%

37%

35%

4%

80%

23%

51%

The Greens

14%

44%

20%

31%

6%

64%

48%

9%

The independents

13%

33%

18%

24%

9%

50%

31%

17%

Respondents were more likely to think it has been a relatively bad year for all political parties. 57% think it has been a bad year for the Labor Party and 40% think it has been a bad year for the Liberal Party.

Among their own voters 48% (down 22%) think it has been a good year for the Greens , 37% (down 8%) the Liberal Party and 37% (up 2%) the Labor Party.

 

Compared to last year’s results, all parties figures have declined – The Greens net +4% to -30%, Liberals from net -3% to -21% and Labor from net -37% to -42%.

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