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

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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 »

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 »

Reintroduction of WorkChoices under an Abbott Liberal Government

Feb 22, 2010

 Q. How likely do you think it is that Tony Abbott and the Liberals will reintroduce at least some parts of WorkChoices if they win the next election?

  Total Labor Coalition Green
Very likely 22% 41% 7% 26%
Quite likely 35% 36% 43% 39%
Not very likely 18% 8% 29% 15%
Not at all likely 5% 4% 7% 4%
Don’t know 20% 11% 14% 16%
Total likely 57% 77% 50% 65%
Total not likely 23% 12% 36% 19%

 Over half (57%) of Australians surveyed think that if Tony Abbott and the Liberals win the next election it is likely that they will introduce at least some parts of WorkChoices, 23% think it is unlikely and 20% don’t know.

 77% of Labor voters, 65% of Green voters and 50% of Coalition voters think that it is likely that at least some parts of WorkChoices will be introduced if Abbott and the Liberals win the next election. 

 People aged 45 – 55 were more likely to think that if the Liberal party wins the next election, at least some parts of WorkChoices will be introduced (68%), while people aged 65 years and over were more inclined to think it is unlikely some parts of WorkChoices will be introduced if the Liberals win the next election (32%).   Comments »

Future of WorkChoices

Feb 22, 2010

Q. Do you believe Tony Abbott when he says that WorkChoices is dead and would not be reintroduced by a future Liberal Government?

  %
Yes 22%
No 50%
Don’t know 28%

 Half (50%) of those surveyed do not believe Tony Abbott when he says that WorkChoices is dead and would not be reintroduced by a future Liberal Government, 22% believe Abbott and 28% don’t know.

 Results followed party lines – Labor (75%) and Green (80%) voters were more likely to not believe Abbott, while Coalition voters were more likely to believe Abbott when he says WorkChoices is dead and won’t be reintroduced (50%). 

 People aged 65 years and over were more likely to believe Abbott (39%) while those aged 18 – 24 were more likely to indicate they don’t know (36%).  Comments »

Liberal Party climate change policy

Feb 8, 2010

Q. Do you approve or disapprove the Liberal Party’s new policy on addressing climate change announced by Tony Abbott this week?

  %
Total approve 34%
Total disapprove 29%
Strongly approve 9%
Approve 25%
Disapprove 17%
Strongly disapprove 12%
Don’t know 37%

 34% of people approve of the Liberal Party’s new policy on addressing climate change, 29% disapprove and 37% don’t know.

 Coalition voters were more likely to approve the Liberal Party’s policy to address climate change (68%), while Labor and Green voters were more likely to disapprove (51% Labor, 47% Green).

 Males were more likely to approve of the Coalitions’ policy (44%), while females were more likely to indicate they don’t know (49%).  Comments »

Morality and politics

Feb 2, 2010

Q. The Opposition Leader Tony Abbott recently said that he believes women should try to remain virgins until they are married. Do you think Tony Abbott should or should not be giving advice on moral issues like sex and marriage?

  Total Firm Labor Soft Labor Firm Coalition Soft Coalition Firm Green Soft Green
Should be giving advice on moral issues 19% 11% 11% 39% 27% 10% 10%
Should not be giving advice on moral issues 70% 86% 83% 48% 67% 82% 87%
Don’t know 11% 3% 6% 13% 7% 8% 4%

 Most people (70%) think that Tony Abbott should not be giving advice on moral issues like sex and marriage, 19% think he should be giving advice on moral issues and 11% don’t know. 

 Males were more likely to think that Abbott should be giving advice on moral issues (23%), while females were more likely to think he should not (75%). 

 People aged 45 – 54  were more likely than those in other age groups to think Abbott should not be giving advice on moral issues (78%). 

Coalition voters were more likely to think Abbott should be giving advice on moral issues (34%), while Labor (84%) and Green (84%) voters were more likely to think he should not.  56% of Coalition voters and 67% of soft Coalition voters think Abbott should not be giving advice on moral issues. Comments »

Liberal Party’s environmental/employment plan

Jan 25, 2010

Q. The Opposition Leader Tony Abbott recently announced a plan to employ 15,000 people at an annual cost of up to $750 million to work on large scale environmental projects. Do you support or oppose this plan?

  %
Total support 59%
Total oppose 15%
Strongly support 14%
Support 45%
Oppose 10%
Strongly oppose 5%
No opinion 26%

 Over half (59%) support Tony Abbott’s recently announced plan to employ 15,000 people at an annual cost of up to $750 million to work on large scale environmental projects, 15% oppose such a plan and 26% have no opinion.  

Coalition voters were more likely to support the plan (80%), while Labor voters were more likely to oppose the plan (25%).  52% of Labor voters and 70% of Green voters support the plan. 

People aged 55 years and over were more likely to support the plan (62%), as were males (61%). Comments »

Approval of the Opposition Leader

Jan 18, 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
  12 Jan 09 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
Strongly approve 4% 3% 3% 2% 4% 2% 3% 3% 2% 7% 5%
Approve 37% 29% 25% 28% 20% 20% 24% 26% 23% 27% 32%
Disapprove 21% 26% 31% 28% 31% 30% 35% 30% 33% 18% 20%
Strongly disapprove 9% 17% 17% 21% 26% 28% 18% 20% 22% 18% 17%
Don’t know 29% 24% 24% 21% 19% 20% 21% 20% 19% 31% 26%
Total approve 41% 32% 28% 30% 24% 22% 27% 29% 25% 34% 37%
Total disapprove 30% 43% 48% 49% 57% 58% 53% 50% 55% 36% 37%

 37% of people approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader and a further 37% disapprove.  Abbott’s approval rating has increased slightly since we last asked this question in December (+3%) and his disapproval rating has increased by one percent. 

Perception of the job Abbott is doing as Leader of the Opposition followed party lines – Coalition voters were more likely to approve (70%), while Labor voters were more likely to disapprove (50%), as were Green voters (70%).  26% of Labor voters approve of the job Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader. Comments »

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