Attributes to describe the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott

Mar 1, 2010

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

  7 Dec 09  1 March 10 Difference
Intelligent 71% 71%
Hard-working 69% 69%
A capable leader 46% 49% +3%
Demanding 53% 55% +2%
Arrogant 53% 53%
Out of touch with ordinary people 53% 50% -3%
Understands the problems facing Australia 46% 49% +3%
Visionary 34% 33% -1%
Superficial 42% 43% +1%
Good in a crisis 39% 38% -1%
Narrow-minded 52% 57% +5%
Down to earth 46% 46%
Too inflexible 45% 49% +4%
Complacent 31% 33% +2%
More honest than most politicians 31% 34% +3%
Trustworthy 36% 38% +2%

 Since we asked this question in December 2007, Abbott has gained the most points when it comes to appearing narrow minded (+5%) and appearing too inflexible (+4%). 

 When it comes to positive traits, Abbott has gained some ground in terms of appearing as a capable leader (+3%) who understands the problems facing Australia (+3%) and more honest than most politicians (+3%).  Comments »

Rudd/Abbott Personality Traits

Mar 1, 2010

Q.  Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd?  

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

  Rudd

1 March 10

Abbott

1 March 10

Difference (Rudd lead) 
Intelligent 82% 71% +11%
Hard-working 77% 69% +8%
A capable leader 65% 49% +16%
Demanding 55% 55%
Arrogant 45% 53% -8%
Out of touch with ordinary people 45% 50% +5%
Understands the problems facing Australia 62% 49% +13%
Visionary 44% 33% +11%
Superficial 46% 43% +3
Good in a crisis 56% 38% +18%
Narrow-minded 36% 57% -21%
Down to earth 57% 46% +11%
Too inflexible 38% 49% -11%
Complacent 40% 33% +7%
More honest than most politicians 47% 34% +13%
Trustworthy 51% 38% +13%

 Rudd has his strongest lead over Abbott when it comes to appearing good in a crisis (+18%) and as a capable leader (+16%).  People think Rudd is better than Abbott when it comes to understanding the problems facing Australia (+13%), more honest than most politicians (+13%) and trustworthy (+13%). 

 Rudd trails Abbott most significantly in terms of appearing narrow-minded (-21%), too inflexible (-11%) and arrogant (-8%). Comments »

Population growth in Australia – statements of agreement

Mar 1, 2010

Q. Do you agree or disagree with the following statements about Australia’s population growth?

  Total agree Total disagree Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
We just don’t have the infrastructure and services to manage more population growth 75% 19% 36% 39% 14% 5% 6%
Immigration should be slowed as it causes too much change to our society 64% 29% 32% 32% 20% 9% 7%
Australia has a fragile environment that cannot cope with a much larger population 61% 30% 24% 37% 24% 6% 8%
Having a larger population will help our economy 38% 52% 7% 31% 34% 18% 10%
Australia has the space and resources to cope with a much larger population 35% 58% 8% 27% 31% 27% 7%

 When it comes to statements about population growth, most people agree that we just don’t have the infrastructure and services to manage more population growth (75%).   64% agree that immigration should be slowed as it causes too much change to our society and 61% think Australia has a fragile environment that cannot cope with a much larger population.  More than half (58%) disagree that Australia has the space and resources to cope with a much larger population. 

 Labor voters were more likely to agree that having a larger population will help our economy (42%) and disagree that we just don’t have the infrastructure and services to manage more population growth (23%). 

 Coalition voters were more likely to agree that we just don’t have the infrastructure and services to manage more population growth (82%) and agree that immigration should be slowed as it causes too much change to our society (74%). 

 Greens voters were more likely to agree that Australia has a fragile environment that cannot cope with a much larger population (66%).  Comments »

Means testing the private health insurance rebate

Mar 1, 2010

Q. The Government proposes to phase out the 30 per cent rebate on private health insurance for singles on incomes over $75,000 and couples on $150,000-plus. Do you support or oppose means testing the heath insurance rebate for people on higher incomes?

  Total

%

Voter ID Weekly income
Labor Coalition Green < $600

per week

$600 – $1000 per week $1000 – $1600 per week $1600 +

per week

Total support 51% 66% 39% 57% 63% 60% 53% 41%
Total oppose 34% 20% 50% 32% 24% 25% 28% 50%
Strongly support 23% 33% 14% 28% 36% 25% 24% 14%
Support 28% 33% 25% 29% 27% 35% 29% 27%
Oppose 17% 11% 23% 20% 16% 13% 15% 19%
Strongly oppose 17% 9% 27% 12% 8% 12% 13% 31%
Don’t know 15% 13% 11% 11% 14% 15% 19% 10%

 When it comes to the Government’s proposed plan to phase out the 30 per cent rebate on private health insurance for singles on incomes over $75 000 and couples on $150,000 plus, just over half (51%) support means testing the health insurance rebate for people on higher incomes. 34% oppose means testing for people on higher incomes and 15% don’t know.

 Labor voters were more likely to support means testing the health insurance rebate for people on higher incomes (66%), while Coalition voters were more likely to oppose it (50%).

 Support for a means test decreased as weekly income increased – people earning less than $600 per week were more likely to support means testing the health insurance rebate for people on higher incomes (63%), while those earning $1600 per were more likely to oppose (50%). 

 People not working were more likely to support the means test (57%), while those in full-time work were more likely to oppose (37%).  Comments »

Federal politics – voting intention

Feb 22, 2010

Q. If there was a Federal election held today, to which party would you probably give your first preference?  

Q. If you ‘don’t know’ on the above question, which party are you currently leaning to?  

*1834 sample size

2 week average % 2PP 2PP shift from last week
Liberal 37%    
National 3%    
Total Lib/Nat 40% 46% +1%
Labor 43% 54% -1%
Greens 8%    
Family First 2%    
Other/Independent 7%    

 NB.  The data in the above table is derived from our weekly first preference voting question.  Respondents who select ‘don’t know’ as their first preference are not included in the results. 

* Sample is the culmination of two week’s polling data.   Comments »

Approval of the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd

Feb 22, 2010

Q. Do you strongly approve, approve, disapprove or strongly disapprove of the job Kevin Rudd is doing as Prime Minister?

  9 Feb 09 30 Mar 09 18 May 09 29 Jun 09 10 Aug 09 28 Sept 09 9 Nov 09 30 Nov 09 14 Dec 09 18 Jan 10 22 Feb 10
Strongly approve 17% 21% 14% 14% 13% 15% 14% 9% 10% 11% 11%
Approve 50% 50% 48% 48% 47% 51% 47% 47% 47% 44% 41%
Disapprove 15% 14% 18% 18% 17% 17% 19% 20% 20% 19% 20%
Strongly disapprove 8% 7% 11% 9% 10% 6% 13% 15% 12% 14% 17%
Don’t know 9% 9% 9% 11% 12% 11% 8% 10% 10% 12% 11%
Total approve 67% 71% 62% 62% 60% 66% 61% 56% 57% 55% 52%
Total disapprove 23% 21% 29% 29% 27% 23% 32% 35% 32% 33% 37%

 Just over half (52%) of those surveyed approve of the job Kevin Rudd is doing as Prime Minister, 37% disapprove and 11% don’t know.  This gives Kevin Rudd a net approval rating of +15%. 

 Rudd has the lowest approval rating and the highest disapproval rating that has been reported in the Essential Report since we began asking this question in 2008.

 Results followed party lines – Labor voters were more likely to approve of the job Rudd is doing (92%), while Coalition voters were more likely to disapprove (78%).  17% of Coalition voters approve of the job Rudd is doing as Prime Minister.

 59% of Green voters approve of the job Rudd is doing, while 30% of these same voters disapprove. 

 People aged 18 – 24 were more likely to approve of the job Rudd is doing (59%), while people aged 65 years and over were more likely to disapprove (59%).  Comments »

Approval of the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott

Feb 22, 2010

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

  Malcolm Turnbull Tony Abbott
9 Feb 09 30 Mar 09 18 May 09 29 Jun 09 10 Aug 09 28 Sept 09 9 Nov 09 30 Nov 09 14 Dec 09 18 Jan 10 22 Feb 10
Strongly approve 3% 3% 2% 4% 2% 3% 3% 2% 7% 5% 12%
Approve 29% 25% 28% 20% 20% 24% 26% 23% 27% 32% 33%
Disapprove 26% 31% 28% 31% 30% 35% 30% 33% 18% 20% 20%
Strongly disapprove 17% 17% 21% 26% 28% 18% 20% 22% 18% 17% 16%
Don’t know 24% 24% 21% 19% 20% 21% 20% 19% 31% 26% 18%
Total approve 32% 28% 30% 24% 22% 27% 29% 25% 34% 37% 45%
Total disapprove 43% 48% 49% 57% 58% 53% 50% 55% 36% 37% 36%

 Just under half (45%) of those surveyed approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader, 36% disapprove and 18% don’t know. This gives Tony Abbott a net approval rating of +9%.  

 This is the highest approval rating that has been recorded for Abbott in the Essential Report thus far and higher than Turnbull ever scored in our polling. 

 Results followed party lines – Coalition voters were more likely to approve of the job Abbott is doing (79%), while Labor voters were more likely to disapprove (58%).   28% of Labor voters approve of the job Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader. 

 68% of Green voters disapprove of the job Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader and 19% of these same voters approve.

 People aged 65 years and over were more likely to approve of the job Abbott is doing (68%), while younger voters were more likely to indicate they don’t know (37%). 

 Males were more likely than females to approve of the job Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader (47% v 43%).  Comments »

Approval of Environment Minister, Peter Garrett

Feb 22, 2010

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Peter Garrett is doing as Environment Minister?

  %
Strongly approve 4%
Approve 24%
Disapprove 26%
Strongly disapprove 30%
Don’t know 16%
Total approve 28%
Total disapprove 56%

 Just over half (56%) of those surveyed disapprove of the job Peter Garrett is doing as Environment Minister, 28% approve and 16% don’t know.

This gives Peter Garrett an approval rating of -28%.  

 Results followed party lines – Labor voters were more likely to approve (47%), while Coalition voters were more likely to disapprove (84%).  37% of Labor voters disapprove of the job Garrett is doing as Environment Minister. 

 Green voters were reasonably split in terms of their level of approval of the Environment Minister – 42% approve and 46% disapprove of the job Garrett is doing. 

 People aged 65 years and over were more likely to disapprove (82%) while those aged 35 – 44 were more likely to approve (35%). 

 We asked a similar question in June 2008 asking people to rate the performance of Peter Garrett – 32% rated his performance as very good/good and 47% rated it as very poor/poor. Comments »

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