Leader Attributes – Tony Abbott

May 27, 2014

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

 

2 Sep 14

(as Opposition leader)

29 Oct 14

15 Apr

 

Total

27 May

Change

Out of touch with ordinary people

52%

51%

56%

67%

+11

Arrogant

52%

54%

58%

63%

+5

Narrow-minded

55%

54%

56%

61%

+5

Hard working

71%

67%

66%

57%

-9

Superficial

48%

49%

50%

57%

+7

Intolerant

47%

49%

47%

55%

+8

Intelligent

63%

62%

59%

52%

-7

Aggressive

47%

46%

45%

52%

+7

Erratic

43%

43%

43%

51%

+8

Understands the problems facing Australia

46%

51%

48%

42%

-5

A capable leader

46%

52%

50%

41%

-9

Good in a crisis

39%

45%

45%

35%

-10

Visionary

35%

33%

34%

31%

-3

More honest than most politicians

34%

39%

37%

30%

-7

Trustworthy

38%

40%

40%

29%

-11

Tony Abbott’s key attributes were out of touch with ordinary people (67%), arrogant (63%), narrow-minded (61%), hard working (57%) and superficial (57%).

Since April, the largest shifts have been for out of touch with ordinary people (+11), trustworthy (-11), good in a crisis (-10), hard working (-9) and a capable leader (-9).

Leader attributes – Julia Gillard

Jun 24, 2013

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard?

 

5 Jul 10

27 Jun 11

2 Apr 12

14 Jan 13

2 Apr 13

 

23 Jun 13

Change

Hard-working

89%

75%

65%

72%

66%

71%

+5

Intelligent

87%

73%

61%

72%

69%

69%

Out of touch with ordinary people

35%

60%

65%

53%

64%

57%

-7

Superficial

52%

54%

46%

55%

49%

-6

Arrogant

37%

48%

53%

47%

55%

48%

-7

Erratic

40%

55%

47%

-8

Narrow-minded

28%

46%

53%

45%

55%

46%

-9

Aggressive

46%

55%

45%

-10

A capable leader

72%

42%

38%

50%

37%

44%

+7

Understands the problems facing Australia

68%

44%

41%

47%

37%

42%

+5

Good in a crisis

61%

41%

36%

50%

44%

41%

-3

Intolerant

37%

49%

39%

-10

Visionary

48%

26%

25%

29%

30%

32%

+2

More honest than most politicians

45%

29%

26%

30%

27%

30%

+3

Trustworthy

49%

30%

25%

32%

25%

30%

+5

Julia Gillard’s key attributes were hard-working (71%), intelligent (69%), out of touch with ordinary people (57%), superficial (49%), arrogant (48%), and erratic (47%). Almost all positive leader attributes for Gillard moved up and the negative attributes moved down from the last time the question was polled in April.   The biggest shifts were for aggressive (-10), intolerant (-10), narrow-minded (-9), erratic (-8),  a capable leader (+7), arrogant (-7) and out of touch with ordinary people (-7).

Leader attributes – Tony Abbott

Jun 24, 2013

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott?

 

5 Jul 10

27 Jun 11

2 Apr 12

14 jan 13

2 Apr 13

 

23 Jun 13

Change

Hard-working

76%

75%

68%

70%

70%

68%

-2

Intelligent

70%

61%

56%

64%

63%

62%

-1

Arrogant

59%

60%

61%

61%

56%

59%

+3

Narrow-minded

56%

54%

54%

56%

53%

55%

+2

Out of touch with ordinary people

57%

57%

54%

54%

52%

52%

Aggressive

55%

49%

51%

+2

Superficial

49%

49%

48%

49%

49%

Intolerant

49%

48%

48%

Erratic

51%

45%

47%

+2

Understands the problems facing Australia

50%

48%

49%

47%

49%

44%

-5

A capable leader

47%

45%

41%

43%

47%

44%

-3

Good in a crisis

40%

40%

36%

39%

44%

38%

-6

Visionary

32%

27%

26%

28%

37%

30%

-7

More honest than most politicians

33%

32%

30%

29%

36%

29%

-7

Trustworthy

33%

32%

32%

33%

36%

31%

-5

Tony Abbott’s key attributes were hard-working (68%), intelligent (62%), arrogant (59%), narrow-minded (55%), out of touch with ordinary people (52%) and aggressive (51%.

Since April the major shifts have been for visionary (-7%), more honest than most politicians (-7%), good in a crisis (-6%), understands their problems facing Australia (-5) and trustworthy (-5).

Leader attributes – comparisons

Jun 24, 2013
 

Gillard

Abbott

 

Difference

Intelligent

69%

62%

+7

Out of touch with ordinary people

57%

52%

+5

Good in a crisis

41%

38%

+3

Hard-working

71%

68%

+3

Visionary

32%

30%

+2

More honest than most politicians

30%

29%

+1

Superficial

49%

49%

Erratic

47%

47%

A capable leader

44%

44%

Trustworthy

30%

31%

-1

Understands the problems facing Australia

42%

44%

-2

Aggressive

45%

51%

-6

Narrow-minded

46%

55%

-9

Intolerant

39%

48%

-9

Arrogant

48%

59%

-9

Compared to Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard is more likely to be considered intelligent (+7) and out of touch with ordinary people (+5).

Tony Abbott is regarded by more respondents to be arrogant (-9), intolerant (-9), narrow-minded (-9) and aggressive (-6).

Leader attributes – Tony Abbott

Apr 2, 2013

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott?

5
Jul
10

4
Oct
10

7
Feb
11

27
Jun
11

2
Apr
12

17
Sept
12

14
Jan
13

2
Apr
13

Change

Hard-working

76%

78%

72%

75%

68%

67%

70%

70%

Intelligent

70%

71%

64%

61%

56%

62%

64%

63%

-1%

Arrogant

59%

60%

58%

60%

61%

63%

61%

56%

-5%

Narrow-minded

56%

53%

51%

54%

54%

59%

56%

53%

-3%

Out of touch with ordinary people

57%

53%

54%

57%

54%

57%

54%

52%

-2%

Understands the problems facing Australia

50%

53%

50%

48%

49%

43%

47%

49%

+2%

Superficial

45%

49%

49%

51%

48%

49%

+1%

Aggressive

59%

55%

49%

-6%

Intolerant

53%

49%

48%

-1%

A capable leader

47%

52%

48%

45%

41%

37%

43%

47%

+4%

Erratic

51%

51%

45%

-6%

Good in a crisis

40%

42%

41%

40%

36%

35%

39%

44%

+5%

Visionary

32%

31%

27%

27%

26%

29%

28%

37%

+9%

More honest than most politicians

33%

32%

31%

32%

30%

27%

29%

36%

+7%

Trustworthy

33%

35%

34%

32%

32%

30%

33%

36%

+3%

Tony Abbott’s key attributes were hard-working (70%), intelligent (63%), arrogant (56%), narrow-minded (53%) and out of touch with ordinary people (52%).

Since January the major shifts have been for visionary (+9%), more honest than most politicians (+7%), erratic (-6%), aggressive (-6%), arrogant (-5%) and good in a crisis (+5%).

Leader attributes – comparisons

Apr 2, 2013
 

Gillard

Abbott

Difference

Out of touch with ordinary people

64%

52%

+12%

Erratic

55%

45%

+10%

Intelligent

69%

63%

+6%

Superficial

55%

49%

+6%

Aggressive

55%

49%

+6%

Narrow-minded

55%

53%

+2%

Intolerant

49%

48%

+1%

Good in a crisis

44%

44%

Arrogant

55%

56%

-1%

Hard-working

66%

70%

-4%

Visionary

30%

37%

-7%

More honest than most politicians

27%

36%

-9%

A capable leader

37%

47%

-10%

Trustworthy

25%

36%

-11%

Understands the problems facing Australia

37%

49%

-12%

Compared to Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard is seen as more likely to be considered out of touch with ordinary people (+12%) and erratic (+10%).

Tony Abbott is regarded by significantly more respondents to understand the problems facing Australians (+12) and to be trustworthy (+11%), a capable leader (+10%) and more honest than most politicians (+9%).

Leader Attributes – Tony Abbott

Jan 14, 2013

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott?

 

5 Jul 10

4 Oct 10

7 Feb 11

27 Jun 11

2 Apr 12

17 Sept 12

14 Jan 13

Change

Intelligent

70%

71%

64%

61%

56%

62%

64%

+2%

Hard-working

76%

78%

72%

75%

68%

67%

70%

+3%

A capable leader

47%

52%

48%

45%

41%

37%

43%

+6%

Arrogant

59%

60%

58%

60%

61%

63%

61%

-2%

Out of touch with ordinary people

57%

53%

54%

57%

54%

57%

54%

-3%

Understands the problems facing Australia

50%

53%

50%

48%

49%

43%

47%

+4%

Visionary

32%

31%

27%

27%

26%

29%

28%

-1%

Superficial

45%

49%

49%

51%

48%

-3%

Good in a crisis

40%

42%

41%

40%

36%

35%

39%

+4%

Narrow-minded

56%

53%

51%

54%

54%

59%

56%

-3%

More honest than most politicians

33%

32%

31%

32%

30%

27%

29%

+2%

Trustworthy

33%

35%

34%

32%

32%

30%

33%

+3%

Intolerant

53%

49%

-4%

Aggressive

59%

55%

-4%

Erratic

51%

51%

Abbott’s key attributes were hard-working (70%), intelligent (64%), arrogant (61%), narrow-minded (56%), aggressive (55%) and out of touch with ordinary people (54%).

Since September last year, Tony Abbott has improved his ratings a little on most positive attributes – the biggest shift being for a capable leader (+6%).

Leader Attributes – Comparisons

Sep 17, 2012
 

Gillard

Abbott

Difference

Intelligent

68%

62%

+6%

Hard-working

69%

67%

+2%

A capable leader

43%

37%

+6%

Arrogant

46%

63%

-17%

Out of touch with ordinary people

56%

57%

-1%

Understands the problems facing Australia

43%

43%

Visionary

31%

29%

+2%

Superficial

46%

51%

-5%

Good in a crisis

43%

35%

+8%

Narrow-minded

46%

59%

-13%

More honest than most politicians

31%

27%

+4%

Trustworthy

30%

30%

Intolerant

37%

53%

-16%

Aggressive

42%

59%

-17%

Erratic

43%

51%

-8%

Compared to Abbott, Gillard is seen as more intelligent (+6%), a more capable leader (+6%) and good in a crisis (+8%).

Abbott is regarded by significantly more respondents to be arrogant (+17%), narrow minded (+13%), intolerant (+16%) and aggressive (+17%).

Since the last time the question was polled, Gillard has narrowed the gap on ‘out of touch with ordinary people’ (moving from +11% in April compared to Abbott to -1% this week) as well as ‘understands the problem facing Australia’ (-8% in April 2012 to equal with Abbott this month).