Leader Attributes – Tony Abbott

Dec 2, 2014

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott?

 

2 Sep 13

(as Opposition leader)

29 Oct 13

27 May 14

 

Total

2 Dec

Change

Out of touch with ordinary people

52%

51%

67%

66%

-1

Hard working

71%

67%

57%

62%

+5

Arrogant

52%

54%

63%

61%

-2

Narrow-minded

55%

54%

61%

61%

Superficial

48%

49%

57%

54%

-3

Intolerant

47%

49%

55%

53%

-2

Erratic

43%

43%

51%

52%

+1

Intelligent

63%

62%

52%

51%

-1

Aggressive

47%

46%

52%

49%

-3

A capable leader

46%

52%

41%

43%

+2

Good in a crisis

39%

45%

35%

42%

+7

Understands the problems facing Australia

46%

51%

42%

40%

-2

More honest than most politicians

34%

39%

30%

30%

Trustworthy

38%

40%

29%

30%

+1

Visionary

35%

33%

31%

27%

-4

Tony Abbott’s key attributes were out of touch with ordinary people (66%), hard working (62%), arrogant (61%) and narrow-minded (61%).

Since May, the largest shifts have been for good in a crisis (+7), hard working (+5) ands visionary (-4).

Leader Attributes – Bill Shorten

Dec 2, 2014

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten?

 

29 Oct 13

27 May 14

 

Total

2 Dec

Change

Intelligent

69%

66%

66%

Hard working

65%

66%

64%

-2

Understands the problems facing Australia

50%

53%

53%

A capable leader

49%

51%

46%

-5

Superficial

37%

42%

41%

-1

Out of touch with ordinary people

42%

39%

40%

+1

Good in a crisis

40%

40%

38%

-2

Narrow-minded

31%

35%

36%

+1

Arrogant

35%

36%

35%

-1

Trustworthy

34%

36%

34%

-2

Visionary

33%

30%

30%

Erratic

30%

32%

30%

-2

More honest than most politicians

27%

32%

29%

-3

Aggressive

31%

32%

29%

-3

Intolerant

30%

29%

27%

-2

Bill Shorten’s key attributes were intelligent (66%), hard working (64%), understands the problems facing Australia (53%) and a capable leader (46%).

Since May, the largest shift has been for a capable leader (-5).

Leader Attributes – Comparisons

Dec 2, 2014

 

 

Abbott

Shorten

 

Difference

Out of touch with ordinary people

66%

40%

+26

Arrogant

61%

35%

+26

Intolerant

53%

27%

+26

Narrow-minded

61%

36%

+25

Erratic

52%

30%

+22

Aggressive

49%

29%

+20

Superficial

54%

41%

+13

Good in a crisis

42%

38%

+4

More honest than most politicians

30%

29%

+1

Hard-working

62%

64%

-2

Visionary

27%

30%

-3

A capable leader

43%

46%

-3

Trustworthy

30%

34%

-4

Understands the problems facing Australia

40%

53%

-13

Intelligent

51%

66%

-15

Compared to Bill Shorten, Tony Abbott is much more likely to be considered out of touch with ordinary people (+26), arrogant (+26), intolerant (+26) and narrow minded (+25).

Bill Shorten is regarded by more respondents to be intelligent (-15) and understands the problems facing Australia (-13).

Government legislation

Dec 2, 2014

Q. Some of the Government’s legislation has not yet been passed by Parliament. Do you think the Senate should vote for or against the following legislation? 

 

 

 

 

 

Vote for legislation

 

Vote for

Vote against

Don’t know

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

A six-month waiting period for those under-30 before they can access the dole (Newstart)

39%

48%

13%

29%

59%

14%

34%

Lower the Renewable Energy Target

26%

51%

23%

17%

43%

4%

18%

Deregulation of university fees

23%

56%

21%

14%

39%

9%

24%

Paid Parental Leave on 6 months’ full pay

30%

57%

13%

30%

28%

32%

27%

Cut public funding for university courses by 20%

20%

65%

14%

10%

37%

3%

22%

$7 Medicare co-payment for all visits to the GP.

24%

68%

8%

9%

45%

12%

29%

Increase in fuel tax (fuel excise indexation)

18%

72%

10%

14%

25%

23%

17%

Respondents were more likely to think the Senate should vote against all listed outstanding legislation.

The strongest opposition was to increasing the fuel excise (72%), the $7 Medicare co-payment (68%) and cuts to university funding (65%).

The only legislation which was supported by a majority of Liberal/National voters was a six-month waiting period for those under-30 before they can access the dole (59% for/27% against). A majority of Liberal/National voters thought the Senate should vote against increasing the fuel excise (66%) and the paid parental leave scheme (62%).

Defence forces pay increase

Dec 2, 2014

Q. Australia’s defence forces have been awarded a 1.5% annual pay increase for the next three years. Do you think this pay increase is fair or unfair?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Work full time

Work part time

No increase

Increase up to 1.5%

Increase more than 1.5%

Total fair

42%

37%

50%

42%

39%

45%

38%

50%

55%

34%

Total unfair

47%

52%

43%

33%

56%

45%

44%

37%

38%

61%

Very fair

11%

9%

12%

8%

16%

12%

9%

15%

13%

5%

Fair

31%

28%

38%

34%

23%

33%

29%

35%

42%

29%

Unfair

28%

25%

31%

30%

37%

26%

33%

24%

26%

37%

Very unfair

19%

27%

13%

3%

19%

19%

11%

13%

12%

24%

Don’t know

12%

11%

6%

25%

5%

10%

17%

14%

7%

5%

42% think the 1.5% pay increase awarded to the defence forces is fair and 47% think it is unfair.

A majority of Labor voters (52%) and other voters (56%) think it is unfair.

A majority of workers who said they had received no pay increase or an increase of 1.5% or less in the last 12 months thought the defence forces pay increase was fair while 61% of those who had received a pay increase greater than 1.5% thought it was unfair.

Pay increase in last 12 months

Dec 2, 2014

Q. Over the past 12 months, how much has your pay increased? (based on 542 full-time and part-time employees)

 

Total

 

Work full time

Work part time

No increase

39%

35%

45%

1% or less

12%

10%

15%

About 1.5%

8%

8%

7%

About 2%

12%

15%

8%

About 3%

10%

12%

7%

4-5%

5%

6%

2%

6-10%

2%

3%

1%

More than 10%

1%

2%

*

Don’t know

11%

8%

16%

A majority of workers (51%) say they have received a pay increase of less than 1.5% in the last 12 months. 30% say they have received an increase of more than 1.5%.

45% of full-time workers say they have received an increase less than 1.5% compared to 60% of part-time workers.

Federal politics – voting intention

Nov 25, 2014

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 = 1,745 respondents

First preference/leaning to

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 28/10/14

2 weeks ago

11/11/14

Last week

18/11/14

This week

25/11/14

Liberal

 

36%

36%

37%

38%

National

3%

4%

3%

3%

Total Liberal/National

45.6%

39%

40%

40%

40%

Labor

33.4%

39%

38%

38%

39%

Greens

8.6%

9%

10%

10%

10%

Palmer United Party

5.5%

4%

4%

3%

3%

Other/Independent

6.9%

8%

9%

9%

8%

 

2 Party Preferred

Election

7 Sep 13

 

4 weeks ago 28/10/14

2 weeks ago

11/11/14

Last week

18/11/14

This week

25/11/14

Liberal National

53.5%

47%

48%

48%

48%

Labor

46.5%

53%

52%

52%

52%

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 2013 election.

G20

Nov 25, 2014

Q. Australia hosted the G20 summit of world leaders in Brisbane last weekend. Which of the following is closest to your view? 

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

18 Nov

The G20 summit delivered real outcomes for Australia and the global economy

26%

23%

40%

24%

13%

16%

The G20 was an expensive talk fest, it’s unlikely to change anything

55%

63%

43%

65%

72%

62%

Don’t know

18%

14%

17%

11%

15%

21%

55% were more likely to agree that the G20 is an expensive talk fest, it’s unlikely to change anything and 26% agreed more that the G20 summit delivered real outcomes for Australia and the global economy. This represents a shift to a slightly more positive view of the G20 since this question was asked over the weekend of the G20.

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