Better Prime Minister

Aug 11, 2015

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

  Total   Vote Lab Vote Lib/
Nat
Vote Grn Vote Other   Oct 2013 June 2014 Mar 2015 Apr 2015 May 2015 Jun 2015 Jul 2015
Tony Abbott 36% 9% 83% 3% 24% 41% 36% 33% 32% 35% 38% 37%
Bill Shorten 32% 68% 4% 58% 15% 22% 40% 37% 35% 32% 33% 30%
Don’t know 31% 23% 14% 40% 61% 37% 24% 30% 33% 33% 29% 33%

36% (down 1% since July) of respondents think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister and 32% (up 2%) think Bill Shorten would make the better Prime Minister.

37% of men prefer Tony Abbott and 33% prefer Bill Shorten – and women prefer Tony Abbott 36% to 32%.

Leader attributes – Tony Abbott

Jun 2, 2015

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

Sep 2013 (as Opposition leader)

Oct 2013

May 2014

Dec 2014

Feb 2015

Total 2 Jun 2015

Change

Out of touch with ordinary people

52%

51%

67%

66%

72%

65%

-7

Narrow-minded

55%

54%

61%

61%

63%

63%

Arrogant

52%

54%

63%

61%

65%

62%

-3

Hard working

71%

67%

57%

62%

58%

59%

+1

Erratic

43%

43%

51%

52%

60%

54%

-6

Superficial

48%

49%

57%

54%

55%

54%

-1

Intolerant

47%

49%

55%

53%

54%

51%

-3

Intelligent

63%

62%

52%

51%

50%

51%

+1

Aggressive

47%

46%

52%

49%

45%

48%

+3

A capable leader

46%

52%

41%

43%

34%

40%

+6

Good in a crisis

39%

45%

35%

42%

36%

38%

+2

Understands the problems facing Australia

46%

51%

42%

40%

35%

38%

+3

Trustworthy

38%

40%

29%

30%

27%

31%

+4

More honest than most politicians

34%

39%

30%

30%

30%

28%

-2

Visionary

35%

33%

31%

27%

22%

25%

+3

Tony Abbott’s key attributes were out of touch with ordinary people (65%), narrow-minded (63%), arrogant (62%) and hard working (59%).

Since February, the largest shifts have been for out of touch with ordinary people (-7), erratic (-6) and a capable leader (+6).

Overall, Tony Abbott’s ratings have recovered from the lows of February to be at similar levels to December last year.

Approval of Tony Abbott

Apr 14, 2015

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

  Total   Vote Lab Vote Lib/
Nat
Vote Greens Vote Other   Sep 2013 Mar 2014 June 2014 Dec 2014 Jan 2015 Feb 2015 Mar 2015
Total approve 33% 9% 75% 4% 15%   41% 40% 35% 32% 37% 29% 31%
Total dis-
approve
58% 88% 18% 89% 76%   36% 47% 58% 55% 53% 62% 56%
Strongly approve 7% 1% 17% 1% 2% 14% 11% 10% 8% 9% 7% 7%
Approve 26% 8% 58% 3% 13% 27% 29% 25% 24% 28% 22% 24%
Dis-
approve
28% 34% 16% 31% 44% 13% 20% 18% 22% 23% 26% 22%
Strongly dis-
approve
30% 54% 2% 58% 32% 23% 27% 40% 33% 30% 36% 34%
Don’t know 9% 3% 7% 7% 9% 23% 12% 7% 12% 10% 9% 12%

58% of respondents disapprove of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Prime Minister – up 2% since the last time this question was asked in March – and 33% approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing (up 2%). This represents no change in his net rating of -25.

75% (up 3%) of Liberal/National voters approve of Tony Abbott’s performance, with 18% (down 2%) disapproving. 88% of Labor voters and 89% of Greens voters disapprove of Tony Abbott’s performance.

By gender men were 36% approve/57% disapprove and women 30% approve/59% disapprove.

Tony Abbott leader at next election

Feb 17, 2015

Q. Do you think Tony Abbott is likely or unlikely to still be the leader of the Liberal Party at the next election?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Total Dec 2014

Likely

20%

12%

36%

12%

12%

29%

Unlikely

61%

79%

40%

70%

80%

51%

Don’t know

19%

9%

23%

18%

8%

20%

 

61% (up 10% since December) think that Tony Abbott is unlikely to still be leader of the Liberal Party at the next election and 20% (down 9%) think it is likely.

79% (up 7%) of Labor voters and 70% (up 2%) of Greens voters think it is unlikely and 36% (down 14%) of Liberal/National voters think it is likely he will still be leader.

Better Prime Minister

Jun 11, 2014

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

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

22 Oct 2013

10 Dec

14 Jan 2014

11 Feb

11 Mar

8 April

13 May

Tony Abbott

36%

7%

81%

6%

31%

41%

43%

42%

40%

39%

42%

36%

Bill Shorten

40%

75%

6%

72%

28%

22%

33%

31%

30%

33%

32%

37%

Don’t know

24%

18%

14%

22%

41%

37%

24%

27%

31%

28%

26%

28%

40% (up 3% since May) of respondents think Bill Shorten would make the better Prime Minister and 36% (no change) think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister.

Men prefer Bill Shorten 39% to 37% and women prefer Bill Shorten 42% to 34%.

Relations with Indonesia

May 20, 2014

Q. How would you rate the performance of Tony Abbott and the Coalition Government in handling relations with Indonesia?

 

Total

 

Male

Female

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Nov 2013

Total good

25%

29%

22%

7%

54%

10%

15%

29%

Total poor

43%

44%

42%

69%

12%

68%

52%

42%

Very good

8%

9%

7%

1%

18%

2%

6%

11%

Good

17%

20%

15%

6%

36%

8%

9%

18%

Neither good nor poor

19%

21%

17%

13%

27%

8%

17%

21%

Poor

19%

20%

18%

25%

10%

20%

29%

16%

Very poor

24%

24%

24%

44%

2%

48%

23%

26%

Don’t know

13%

6%

19%

11%

8%

13%

16%

8%

Just 25% of Australians would rate Tony Abbott and the Coalition Government handling of relations with Indonesia as good.

43% would rate them as poor.

Males (29%) were slightly more likely to give the government a good rating.

Lib/Nat voters were more likely to rate them as good (54% good).

Better Prime Minister

May 13, 2014

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

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

22 Oct 2013

12 Nov

14 Jan 2014

11 Feb

8 April

Tony Abbott

36%

4%

81%

4%

23%

41%

42%

42%

40%

42%

Bill Shorten

37%

74%

3%

60%

35%

22%

27%

31%

30%

32%

Don’t know

28%

22%

16%

36%

42%

37%

31%

27%

31%

26%

37% of Australians believe Bill Shorten would make a better Prime Minister than Tony Abbott. This is just 1% more than selected Tony Abbott (36%).

28% don’t know who would make a better Prime Minister.

Since this question was last asked in April 2014, Tony Abbott has dropped -6% as preferred Prime Minister (down from 42%) and Bill Shorten has gained +5% (up from 32%).

Males (38%) were slightly more likely than females (34%) to select Tony Abbott. There was no difference between the genders in their preference from Bill Shorten, with 37% of males and 36% of females selecting him. Females (30%) were more likely than males (25%) to select ‘don’t know’.

Those aged 55+ (51%) were more likely than those aged under 30 (26%) or 30-55 (32%) to select Tony Abbott.

Those aged 30-55 (42%) were more likely than those aged under 30 (31%) or 55+ 30%) to select Bill Shorten. A very large number of those aged under 30 selected don’t know (44%).

Those in NSW (42%) were far more likely than those in QLD (28%) or VIC (34%) to select Tony Abbott.

Those in QLD (44%) were more likely to select Bill Shorten (just 34% of those in NSW and 35% of those in VIC selected Bill Shorten).

Leader Attributes – Comparisons

Apr 15, 2014
 

Abbott

Shorten

 

Difference

Arrogant

58%

40%

+18

Narrow-minded

56%

39%

+17

Intolerant

47%

32%

+15

Aggressive

45%

31%

+14

Out of touch with ordinary people

56%

44%

+12

More honest than most politicians

37%

26%

+11

Good in a crisis

45%

36%

+9

A capable leader

50%

42%

+8

Trustworthy

40%

32%

+8

Superficial

50%

43%

+7

Erratic

43%

37%

+6

Hard-working

66%

60%

+6

Visionary

34%

28%

+6

Understands the problems facing Australia

48%

44%

+4

Intelligent

59%

63%

-4

Compared to Bill Shorten, Tony Abbott is much more likely to be considered arrogant (+18), narrow minded (+17), intolerant (+15), aggressive (+14), out of touch with ordinary people (+12) and more honest than most politicians (+11).

Bill Shorten is regarded by more slightly respondents to be intelligent (-4).

Note that Bill Shorten’s ratings are mostly lower than those of Tony Abbott on both positive and negative attributes – presumably because he is less well known.

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