Better Prime Minister – Rudd or Abbott

Mar 22, 2010

Q.  Regardless of your likely party choice for the next election, which of the leaders – Kevin Rudd or Tony Abbott – do you think overall would be the best Prime Minister?

  21 Dec 09 22 March 10
Kevin Rudd 51% 50%
Tony Abbott 25% 30%
Don’t know 24% 19%

When it comes to a choice between Rudd and Abbott as the better Prime Minister, 50% selected Rudd and 30% selected Abbott.  The results for Rudd shifted slightly (-1%) since we last asked this question in December 2009. However, there has been a five percent increase in the number of people that prefer Abbott and a decrease in the number of people that don’t know (-5%). 

Results followed party lines – 92% of Labor voters chose Rudd and 74% of Coalition voters chose Abbott. 

 64% of Green voters selected Rudd and 11% of Green voters selected Abbott.

 People aged 65 years and over were more likely to think Abbott would make a better Prime Minister (42%), 18 – 24 year olds were more likely to indicate they don’t know who would make a better Prime Minister (28%).   Comments »

Better Prime Minister – Abbott or Gillard

Mar 22, 2010

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

  %
Tony Abbott 37%
Julia Gillard 47%
Don’t know 17%

Just under half (47%) of those surveyed think that Gillard would make a better Prime Minister, 37% selected Abbott and 17% don’t know. 

 Results followed party lines – 78% of Labor voters selected Gillard and 79% of Coalition voters selected Abbott. 

61% of Green voters think that Gillard would make a better Prime Minister than Abbott.  

Males were more likely than females to select Abbott (40% v 34%).   46% of males and 47% of females chose Gillard.  

People aged 65 years and over were more likely to think Abbott would make a better Prime Minister (47%) and people aged 18 – 24 were more likely to indicate they don’t know (31%).  Comments »

Better Prime Minster – Rudd or Hockey

Mar 22, 2010

Q. And who do you think would be the best Prime Minister out of Kevin Rudd and Joe Hockey?

  %
Kevin Rudd 53%
Joe Hockey 27%
Don’t know 20%

In a choice between Rudd and Hockey as Prime Minister – over half (53%) think Rudd would make a better Prime Minister, 27% prefer Hockey and 20% don’t know. 

Results followed party lines – 88% of Labor voters prefer Rudd and 56% of Coalition voters prefer Hockey. 

Hockey performs better than Rudd amongst those that don’t know which party they will vote for in the next Federal election (50%). 

People aged 65 years and over were more likely to prefer Hockey (42%) and 18 – 24 year olds were more likely to indicate they don’t know (31%).  Comments »

Federal takeover of hospitals and health services

Mar 22, 2010

Q. Do you support or oppose the Federal Government’s plan to take over the responsibility for funding hospitals and health services from the State Governments?

            %
Total support 58%
Total oppose 12%
Strongly support 25%
Support            33%
Neither support nor oppose 21%
Oppose            7%
Strongly oppose          5%
Don’t know 9%

Over half (58%) of those surveyed support the Federal Government’s plan to take over the responsibility for funding hospitals and health services from the State Governments, 12% oppose, 21% neither support nor oppose and 9% don’t know.

79% of Labor voters, 46% of Coalition voters and 55% of Green voters support a Federal takeover for funding of hospitals and health services from the State Governments.  27% of Coalition voters neither support nor oppose the plan and 22% oppose it. 

Males were more likely than females to support the plan (61% v 56%). 

Support for a Federal takeover was highest amongst 55 – 64 year olds (67%). 

People in NSW were more likely than those in other states to support a Federal takeover (64%). 55% of people in Queensland and 52% in Victoria support the plan. 

In February this year we asked the Australian public whether they support or oppose a Federal takeover of hospitals. We found that 58% supported a Federal takeover, 10% opposed it, 19% neither supported nor opposed and 13% didn’t know.  Comments »

Support for Kevin Rudd and the Labor Party since the 2007 election

Mar 22, 2010

Q.  In the past few years – since Kevin Rudd and the Labor Party became Government – would you say you have moved closer to the Labor Party, further away from the ALP, or would you say you have stayed about the same in your view of them?

            Total % Federal Vote
Labor Coalition Green
Closer to the Labor Party 20% 39% 5% 13%
Further away from the Labor Party 33% 5% 67% 43%
Stayed about the same 41% 54% 27% 37%
Don’t know 6% 1% 2% 6%

 41% of people indicated that in the past few years, since Kevin Rudd and the Labor Party became Government their view of Labor has stayed about the same.   33% have moved further away from the Labor Party and 20% have moved closer.

 Labor voters were more likely to indicate that their support for Labor has stayed about the same since Kevin Rudd and the Labor Party became Government (54%).

 67% of Coalition voters and 43% of Green voters have moved further away from the Labor Party since Kevin Rudd and the Labor Party became Government.

People aged 45 – 54 were more likely to indicate their views have stayed the same (51%) while those aged 65 years and over were more likely to indicate they have moved further away from the Labor Party (43%).  Comments »

Party Identification

Mar 22, 2010

Q. Now regardless of your present view of things, which federal party do you normally consider yourself closest to?

  %
Labor 40%
Liberal 32%
National 3%
Greens 6%
Democrats 2%
Family First 2%
Independent or other party 3%
Don’t know 11%

 40% of those surveyed indicated the party they normally consider themselves closest to is Labor, 35% indicated Liberal/National, 6% Greens and 11% don’t know.  Comments »

Strength of party identification

Mar 22, 2010

Q.  Do you consider yourself a very strong supporter, a fairly strong or not a very strong supporter of that party?

  Total % Party ID  
Labor Coalition Greens
Very strong 25% 25% 29% 18%
Fairly strong 52% 55% 51% 60%
Not very strong 22% 18% 19% 22%
Don’t know 1% 1% 1% *

People that normally consider themselves Coalition supporters were slightly more likely than Labor supporters to indicate their party support as very strong (29% v 25%).   55% of Labor supporters and 60% of Greens supporters indicated their party support as fairly strong.   Comments »

Federal politics – voting intention

Mar 15, 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?  

*1,908 sample size

2 week average % 2PP 2PP shift from last week
Liberal 35%    
National 3%    
Total Lib/Nat 38% 44% -2%
Labor 45% 56% +2%
Greens 9%    
Family First 2%    
Other/Independent 6%    

 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 »