Opinion of Tony Abbott

Aug 9, 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
Total gone up 27% 9% 55% 9%
Total gone down 27% 50% 4% 42%
Gone up a lot 8% 2% 18%
Gone up a little 19% 7% 37% 9%
Stayed the same 38% 36% 39% 45%
Gone down a little 11% 15% 3% 27%
Gone down a lot 16% 35% 1% 15%
Don’t know 8% 5% 2% 3%

 27% say their opinion of Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party has gone up during the election campaign and 27% say it has gone down.

 Among Liberal/National voters 55% say their opinion has gone up and 4% say it has gone down.

 By gender – men 28% up/26% down and women 25% up/28% down. Comments »

Approval of Tony Abbott

Aug 2, 2010

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

Malcolm Turnbull Tony Abbott
30 Nov 09 18 Jan 10 22 Feb 10 29 Mar 10 3 May 10 31 May 10 28 Jun 10 5 Jul 10 19 Jul 10 26 Jul 10 2 Aug 10
Total approve 25% 37% 45% 33% 39% 35% 40% 37% 40% 35% 38%
Total disapprove 55% 37% 36% 50% 43% 50% 39% 47% 44% 46% 48%
Strongly approve 2% 5% 12% 8% 5% 5% 9% 8% 6% 6% 8%
Approve 23% 32% 33% 25% 34% 30% 31% 29% 34% 29% 30%
Disapprove 33% 20% 20% 28% 24% 28% 20% 23% 22% 22% 27%
Strongly disapprove 22% 17% 16% 22% 19% 22% 19% 24% 22% 24% 21%
Don’t know 19% 26% 18% 16% 18% 16% 20% 16% 16% 19% 14%

38% approve Tony Abbott’s performance as Opposition Leader and 48% disapprove. Since this question was asked last week, approval has increased by 3% and disapproval increased by 2%. 82% of Liberal/National voters approve and 11% disapprove. Among Labor voters, 14% approve and 78% disapprove.

By gender – men 41% approve/48% disapprove and women 35% approve/48% disapprove. Comments »

Better Prime Minister

Aug 2, 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 Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens   Kevin Rudd v Tony Abbott

21 Jun 10

Julia Gillard 53% 50% 51% 48% 92% 7% 65%   47%
Tony Abbott 26% 27% 26% 30% 1% 77% 6%   30%
Don’t know 21% 23% 23% 22% 7% 16% 28%   23%

48% think Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 30% prefer Tony Abbott – a narrowing of the gap between the two (from 25% to 18%) since polled last week. This is almost identical to the last measure comparing Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott in June.

Julia Gillard is preferred 92% to 1% by Labor voters – and Tony Abbott is preferred 77% to 7% by Liberal/National voters. Greens voters prefer Julia Gillard 65% to 6%.

 Men prefer Julia Gillard 46%/34% and women 50%/26%. Comments »

Reasons for Voting Preference

Aug 2, 2010

Q. What is the main reason you intend to vote for the Labor Party/Liberal or National Party/Greens?

  Labor   Liberal/ National   Greens
I always vote for the Labor Party 28% I always vote for the Liberal or National Party 19% I always vote for the Greens 8%
They have better policies 15% They have better policies 19% They have better policies 30%
They have been a good government 10% Labor have been a poor government 39% Labor have been a poor government 6%
I just don’t like the Liberals 11% I just don’t like Labor 9% I just don’t like the Liberals or Labor 28%
Julia Gillard is a better leader than Tony Abbott 32% Tony Abbott is a better leader than Julia Gillard 7% I like Bob Brown 3%
Other reason 4% Other reason 5% I don’t like Tony Abbott or Julia Gillard 14%
        Other reason 10%

Main reasons for voting Labor were a preference for Julia Gillard over Tony Abbott (32%) and party loyalty (28% said they always vote Labor). The leadership issue is more important for women – 40% of women said they were voting Labor because Julia Gillard is a better leader compared to 23% of men.

39% of Liberal/National voters say their main reason is that Labor have been a poor Government – and only 7% say leadership is their main reason.

Main reasons for voting for the Greens were “better policies” (30%) and a dislike of the major parties (28%). Only 6% say it is because Labor have been a poor Government. Comments »

Tony Abbott’s Immigration Policy

Aug 2, 2010

Q. Tony Abbott has proposed to cut immigration from around 300,000 a year to 170,000? Do you approve or disapprove of this cut to immigration?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Liberal/ National Vote Greens
Total approve 64% 52% 91% 38%
Total disapprove 22% 32% 6% 49%
Strongly approve 33% 20% 56% 16%
Approve 31% 32% 35% 22%
Disapprove 15% 22% 5% 30%
Strongly disapprove 7% 10% 1% 19%
Don’t know 14% 16% 3% 13%

 64% approve Tony Abbott’s proposal to cut immigration and 22% oppose. There is strong support for cutting immigration from Liberal/National voters (91%) – while Labor voters (52% approve/32% disapprove) and Greens voters (38%/49%) are split. Comments »

Best to handle Immigration Issues

Aug 2, 2010

Q. Which leader and party do you trust most to handle immigration issues?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Liberal/ National Vote Greens
Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party 35% 6% 83% 9%
Julia Gillard and the Labor Party 23% 50% 3% 27%
No difference 31% 35% 11% 56%
Don’t know 10% 9% 3% 8%

 Overall, Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party are trusted most to handle immigration issues (35% to 23%). 31% think there is no difference between the major parties on immigration.

 83% of Liberal/National voters trust Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party most and 50% of Labor voters trust Julia Gillard and the Labor Party. 56% of Greens voters think there is no difference. Comments »

Approval of Tony Abbott

Jul 26, 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 19 Jul 10 26 Jul 10
Total approve 25% 34% 37% 45% 33% 39% 35% 40% 37% 40% 35%
Total disapprove 55% 36% 37% 36% 50% 43% 50% 39% 47% 44% 46%
Strongly approve 2% 7% 5% 12% 8% 5% 5% 9% 8% 6% 6%
Approve 23% 27% 32% 33% 25% 34% 30% 31% 29% 34% 29%
Disapprove 33% 18% 20% 20% 28% 24% 28% 20% 23% 22% 22%
Strongly disapprove 22% 18% 17% 16% 22% 19% 22% 19% 24% 22% 24%
Don’t know 19% 31% 26% 18% 16% 18% 16% 20% 16% 16% 19%

35% approve Tony Abbott’s performance as Opposition Leader and 46% disapprove. Since this question was asked last week, approval has decreased by 5% and disapproval increased by 2%. 78% of Liberal/National voters approve and 11% disapprove. Among Labor voters, 15% approve and 74% disapprove.

There were no substantial differences by gender – men 37% approve/48% disapprove and women 33% approve/44% disapprove. Comments »

Better Prime Minister

Jul 26, 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 Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Kevin Rudd v Tony Abbott

21 Jun 10

Julia Gillard 53% 50% 51% 94% 9% 74% 47%
Tony Abbott 26% 27% 26% 2% 69% 6% 30%
Don’t know 21% 23% 23% 5% 22% 20% 23%

51% think Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 26% prefer Tony Abbott – a slight widening of the gap between the two (from 23% to 25%) since polled last week.

Julia Gillard is preferred 94% to 2% by Labor voters – and Tony Abbott is preferred 69% to 9% by Liberal/National voters. Greens voters prefer Julia Gillard 74% to 6%.

Men prefer Julia Gillard 50%/29% and women 51%/23%. Comments »