Approval of Tony Abbott

Jul 5, 2010

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader?

Malcolm Turnbull Tony Abbott
30 Nov 09 14 Dec 09 18 Jan 10 22 Feb 10 29 Mar 10 3 May 10 31 May 10 28 Jun 10 5 Jul 10
Total approve 25% 34% 37% 45% 33% 39% 35% 40% 37%
Total disapprove 55% 36% 37% 36% 50% 43% 50% 39% 47%
Strongly approve 2% 7% 5% 12% 8% 5% 5% 9% 8%
Approve 23% 27% 32% 33% 25% 34% 30% 31% 29%
Disapprove 33% 18% 20% 20% 28% 24% 28% 20% 23%
Strongly disapprove 22% 18% 17% 16% 22% 19% 22% 19% 24%
Don’t know 19% 31% 26% 18% 16% 18% 16% 20% 16%

Tony Abbott’s net rating as Opposition Leader have dropped back into negative territory over the last week. 37% approve (down 3%) and 47% disapprove (up 8%).

81% of Liberal/National voters approve and 12% disapprove. Labor voters split 15% approve/75% disapprove.

Men split 41% approve/45% disapprove and women 34% approve/48% disapprove. Comments »

Better Prime Minister

Jul 5, 2010

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Kevin Rudd v Tony Abbott

21 Jun 10

Julia Gillard v Tony Abbott

28 Jun 10

Julia Gillard 53% 94% 12% 72% 47% 49%
Tony Abbott 26% 2% 70% 3% 30% 29%
Don’t know 21% 4% 18% 24% 23% 22%

53% think Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 26% prefer Tony Abbott – somewhat better than Kevin Rudd’s last result of 47%/30% and also better than last week’s figures for Julia Gillard just after she became Prime Minister.

Men prefer Julia Gillard over Tony Abbott 48% to 31% and women 57%/22%. Comments »

Party best at

Jul 5, 2010

Q. Which of the following parties – Labor, Liberal or Greens – do you think is the best party when it comes to –

Labor Liberal Greens Don’t know
Representing the interests of Australian working people 52% (+10) 24% (-3) 5% 20%
Handling the economy in a way that best protects working people in Australia 44% (+8) 33% (-2) 3% 20%
Understanding the needs of the average Australian 36% (+7) 24% (-3) 9% 31%
Representing the interests of you and people like you 39% (+7) 31% (-1) 12% 18%
Handling Australia’s economy 37% (+7) 41% (-1) 3% 19%
Standing up to the big multinational corporations 32% (-) 28% (+1) 15% 26%
Having a vision for Australia’s future 32% (+3) 31% (-2) 12% 25%
Taking Australia forward, not backwards 34% (+5) 32% (-2) 9% 25%
Handling Australia’s relations with other countries 34% (+4) 39% (+1) 3% 24%
Dealing with the issue of immigration 23% (+3) 40% (-1) 8% 28%
Being honest and ethical 18% (-1) 22% (+1) 17% 44%
Handling environmental and climate change issues 18% (-1) 18% (-1) 42% 23%

(figures in brackets indicate change since this question was asked 3 weeks ago)

Labor key strengths are representing the interests of Australian working people (52%/24%), handling the economy in a way that best protects working people (44%/33%) and understanding the needs of the average Australian (36%/24%). The Liberal Party’s strengths are dealing with the issue of immigration (40%) and handling Australia’s relations with other countries (39%).

Perceptions of the Labor Party have improved considerably over the last 3 weeks mainly in terms of economic issues and representing the interests and needs of the community. However, there has been little change in Labor’s figures for standing up to the big multinational corporations, being honest and ethical and handling environmental and climate change issues. Comments »

Attributes to describe the Prime Minister

Jul 5, 2010

Q.  Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard?

Kevin Rudd Julia Gillard
10 May 10 5 Jul 10 Difference
Intelligent 73% 87% +14
Hard-working 76% 89% +13
A capable leader 55% 72% +17
Demanding 69% 58% -11
Arrogant 57% 37% -20
Out of touch with ordinary people 55% 35% -20
Understands the problems facing Australia 53% 68% +15
Visionary 37% 48% +11
Superficial 52% 35% -17
Good in a crisis 44% 61% +17
Narrow-minded 43% 28% -15
Down to earth 47% 68% +21
Too inflexible 45% 26% -19
Complacent 38% 27% -11
More honest than most politicians 39% 45% +6
Trustworthy 41% 49% +8

Julia Gillard’s key attributes are – intelligent, hard-working, a capable leader, understands the problems facing Australia and down to earth.

Compared to the previous measures for Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard scores considerably higher on positive attributes – especially down to earth (+21), and a capable leader (+17) – and considerably lower on out of touch (-20), arrogant (-20) and too inflexible (-19). Comments »

Attributes to describe the Opposition Leader

Jul 5, 2010

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

7 Dec 09 10 May 10 5 Jul 10 Change
Intelligent 71% 72% 70% -2
Hard-working 69% 71% 76% +5
A capable leader 46% 50% 47% -3
Demanding 53% 52% 53% +1
Arrogant 53% 54% 59% +5
Out of touch with ordinary people 53% 51% 57% +6
Understands the problems facing Australia 46% 49% 50% +1
Visionary 34% 35% 32% -3
Superficial 42% 44% 45% +1
Good in a crisis 39% 40% 40%
Narrow-minded 52% 53% 56% +3
Down to earth 46% 50% 47% -3
Too inflexible 45% 47% 45% -2
Complacent 31% 30% 34% +4
More honest than most politicians 31% 33% 33%
Trustworthy 36% 39% 33% -6

*Not asked in June 2009 poll

Tony Abbott’s key attributes are hardworking (76%) and intelligent (70%).

There have been few substantial changes since this question was last asked – the main differences being hardworking (up 5%), arrogant (up 5%), out of touch (up 6%) and trustworthy (down 6%). Comments »

Comparison of Leader Attributes

Jul 5, 2010

Julia Gillard Tony Abbott Difference
Intelligent 87% 70% +17
Hard-working 89% 76% +13
A capable leader 72% 47% +25
Demanding 58% 53% +5
Arrogant 37% 59% -22
Out of touch with ordinary people 35% 57% -22
Understands the problems facing Australia 68% 50% +18
Visionary 48% 32% +16
Superficial 35% 45% -10
Good in a crisis 61% 40% +21
Narrow-minded 28% 56% -28
Down to earth 68% 47% +21
Too inflexible 26% 45% -19
Complacent 27% 34% +13
More honest than most politicians 45% 33% +12
Trustworthy 49% 33% +16

Julia Gillard is rated substantially higher than Tony Abbott on all positive attributes and lower on negative attributes.

The largest differences are in terms of narrow-minded (-28%), a capable leader (+25%) and arrogant (-22%).

Population by 2050

Jul 5, 2010

Q. It has been estimated that Australia will have a population of 36 million by 2050. Do you think this will be good or bad for Australia?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total good 16% 17% 18% 16%
Total bad 55% 50% 63% 58%
Very good 3% 4% 3% 3%
Good 13% 13% 15% 13%
Neither good nor bad 21% 26% 15% 22%
Bad 32% 32% 35% 36%
Very bad 23% 18% 28% 22%
Don’t know 8% 7% 5% 4%

55% believe that having a population of 36 million by 2050 will be bad for Australia – 16% think it will be good for Australia.

The concern about this level of population is fairly similar across voter groups – although Liberal/National voters (63%) are more likely to think it is bad than Labor voters (50%). Comments »

Population Growth

Jul 5, 2010

Q. On average, Australia’s population increases by about 300,000 per year (less than 2%). Do you think this is too high, too low or about right?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Too high 48% 44% 52% 59%
Too low 4% 3% 6% 7%
About right 35% 39% 35% 31%
Don’t know 12% 13% 6% 3%

Nearly half (48%) believe that the current rate of population growth is too high and only 4% think it is too low – 35% think it is about right.

Labor voters are split (44% too high compared to 42% about right or too low), but a majority of Liberal/National voters (52%) and Greens voters (59%) think it is too high.

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