Better Prime Minister

Aug 31, 2010

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

  5 Jul 10 19 Jul 10 26 Jul 10 2 Aug 10 9 Aug 10 16 Ag 10 30 Aug Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens   Kevin Rudd v Tony Abbott21 Jun 10
Julia Gillard 53% 50% 51% 48% 45% 46% 46% 94% 3% 66%   47%
Tony Abbott 26% 27% 26% 30% 33% 35% 36% 1% 83% 8%   30%
Don’t know 21% 23% 23% 22% 21% 19% 18% 4% 14% 26%   23%

46% think Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 36% prefer Tony Abbott – a similar margin to previous poll.

Julia Gillard is preferred 94% to 1% by Labor voters – and Tony Abbott is preferred 83% to 3% by Liberal/National voters. Greens voters prefer Julia Gillard 66% to 8%.

Men prefer Julia Gillard 44%/41% and women 48%/32%. Comments »

Opinion of Tony Abbott

Aug 20, 2010

Q. Since the election was called has your opinion of Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party gone up or down?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens   2 weeks ago
Total gone up 26% 6% 55% 5%   27%
Total gone down 37% 61% 9% 57%   27%
Gone up a lot 8% 1% 18%   8%
Gone up a little 18% 5% 37% 5%   19%
Stayed the same 34% 32% 37% 37%   38%
Gone down a little 15% 22% 7% 19%   11%
Gone down a lot 22% 39% 2% 38%   16%
Don’t know 3% 1% * 1%   8%

26% say their opinion of Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party has gone up during the election campaign and 37% say it has gone down.

This is a decline from their position 2 weeks ago when opinion was 27% up and 27% down.

 By gender – men 27% up/37% down and women 25% up/38% down. Comments »

Approval of Tony Abbott

Aug 16, 2010

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

  18 Jan 22 Feb 29 Mar 3 May 31 May 28 Jun 5 Jul 19 Jul 26 Jul 2 Aug 9 Aug 16 Aug
Total approve 37% 45% 33% 39% 35% 40% 37% 40% 35% 38% 40% 41%
Total disapprove 37% 36% 50% 43% 50% 39% 47% 44% 46% 48% 45% 44%
Strongly approve 5% 12% 8% 5% 5% 9% 8% 6% 6% 8% 8% 9%
Approve 32% 33% 25% 34% 30% 31% 29% 34% 29% 30% 32% 32%
Disapprove 20% 20% 28% 24% 28% 20% 23% 22% 22% 27% 25% 22%
Strongly disapprove 17% 16% 22% 19% 22% 19% 24% 22% 24% 21% 20% 22%
Don’t know 26% 18% 16% 18% 16% 20% 16% 16% 19% 14% 15%

15%

41% approve Tony Abbott’s performance as Opposition Leader and 44% disapprove. Since this question was asked last week, approval has increased by 1% and disapproval decreased by 1%. 81% of Liberal/National voters approve and 10% disapprove. Among Labor voters, 15% approve and 75% disapprove.

By gender – men 44% approve/45% disapprove and women 38% approve/43% disapprove. Comments »

Better Prime Minister

Aug 16, 2010

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

  5 Jul 10 19 Jul 10 26 Jul 10 2 Aug 10 9 Aug 10 16 Ag 10 Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens   Kevin Rudd v Tony Abbott

21 Jun 10

Julia Gillard 53% 50% 51% 48% 45% 46% 92% 8% 71%   47%
Tony Abbott 26% 27% 26% 30% 33% 35% 3% 77% 3%   30%
Don’t know 21% 23% 23% 22% 21% 19% 5% 15% 26%   23%

 46% think Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 35% prefer Tony Abbott – a similar margin to last week.

 Julia Gillard is preferred 92% to 3% by Labor voters – and Tony Abbott is preferred 77% to 8% by Liberal/National voters. Greens voters prefer Julia Gillard 71% to 3%.

 Men prefer Julia Gillard 45%/39% and women 48%/31%. Comments »

Handling another GFC

Aug 16, 2010

Q. If another global financial crisis develops in the next few years, which leader and party do you think would be best to handle it?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Julia Gillard and the Labor Party 42% 88% 5% 66%
Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party 35% 2% 80% 6%
Don’t know 23% 11% 15% 27%

42% think Julia Gillard and the Labor Party would be best at handling another global financial crisis if it was to develop and 35% think Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party would be best.

Those aged 25-54 prefer the Labor Party over the Liberals 46% to 30%, while those aged 55+ prefer the Liberal Party 48% to 36%. Comments »

The Punch: Remembering ‘Abbott’s dad’: top 10 Howard era memories

Aug 11, 2010

First Published on The Punch 10/8/2010

Goldfish have a neat survival mechanism to prevent them ever getting bored – by the time they have swum around the bowl they have forgotten the previous lap. It makes them a lot like voters at election time.

This is why we are grateful when our failed candidates enter the fray to remind us of why we voted against them. And while Mark Latham has rightly been drawing attention, like onlookers to a car crash, another leader took centre stage over the weekend to take us back to meaner and trickier times.

As he moved in to give Tony Abbott a man-hug at the Liberal launch, John Howard reminded us of many of Australia’s most forgettable moments. Given that Abbott is running on a “re-elect the Howard Government” ticket it is worth dwelling on our former Prime Minister’s Ten Most Notable Contributions to the Nation.

Downward Envy – John Howard trained Australians to look down the chain when we were feeling low – welfare cheats, single mums, dole bludgers, these were the people making life hard for decent Australians. As profit levels soared and CEO wages sky-rocketed, we tut-tutted the Paxtons. Comments »

Approval of Tony Abbott

Aug 9, 2010

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

18 Jan 22 Feb 29 Mar 3 May 31 May 28 Jun 5 Jul 19 Jul 26 Jul 2 Aug 9 Aug
Total approve 37% 45% 33% 39% 35% 40% 37% 40% 35% 38% 40%
Total disapprove 37% 36% 50% 43% 50% 39% 47% 44% 46% 48% 45%
Strongly approve 5% 12% 8% 5% 5% 9% 8% 6% 6% 8% 8%
Approve 32% 33% 25% 34% 30% 31% 29% 34% 29% 30% 32%
Disapprove 20% 20% 28% 24% 28% 20% 23% 22% 22% 27% 25%
Strongly disapprove 17% 16% 22% 19% 22% 19% 24% 22% 24% 21% 20%
Don’t know 26% 18% 16% 18% 16% 20% 16% 16% 19% 14% 15%

40% approve Tony Abbott’s performance as Opposition Leader and 45% disapprove. Since this question was asked last week, approval has increased by 2% and disapproval decreased by 3%. 80% of Liberal/National voters approve and 11% disapprove. Among Labor voters, 14% approve and 77% disapprove.

By gender – men 46% approve/45% disapprove and women 34% approve/47% disapprove. Comments »

Better Prime Minister

Aug 9, 2010

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

  5 Jul 10 19 Jul 10 26 Jul 10 2 Aug 10 9 Aug 10 Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens   Kevin Rudd v Tony Abbott

21 Jun 10

Julia Gillard 53% 50% 51% 48% 45% 90% 6% 70%   47%
Tony Abbott 26% 27% 26% 30% 33% 3% 78% 4%   30%
Don’t know 21% 23% 23% 22% 21% 8% 15% 25%   23%

 45% think Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 33% prefer Tony Abbott – a narrowing of the gap between the two (from 18% to 12%) since polled last week.

 Julia Gillard is preferred 90% to 3% by Labor voters – and Tony Abbott is preferred 78% to 6% by Liberal/National voters. Greens voters prefer Julia Gillard 70% to 4%.

 Men prefer Julia Gillard 41%/39% and women 49%/28%. Comments »

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