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 – Bill Shorten

May 27, 2014

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten?

 

29 Oct 14

15 Apr

 

Total

27 May

Change

Intelligent

69%

63%

66%

+3

Hard working

65%

60%

66%

+6

Understands the problems facing Australia

50%

44%

53%

+9

A capable leader

49%

42%

51%

+9

Superficial

37%

43%

42%

-1

Good in a crisis

40%

36%

40%

+4

Out of touch with ordinary people

42%

44%

39%

-5

Trustworthy

34%

32%

36%

+4

Arrogant

35%

40%

36%

-4

Narrow-minded

31%

39%

35%

-4

More honest than most politicians

27%

26%

32%

+6

Erratic

30%

37%

32%

-5

Aggressive

31%

31%

32%

+1

Visionary

33%

28%

30%

+2

Intolerant

30%

32%

29%

-3

Bill Shorten’s key attributes were intelligent (66%), hard working (66%), understands the problems facing Australia (53%) and a capable leader (51%).

Since April, the largest shifts have been for a capable leader (+9), understands the problems facing Australia (+9), hard working (+6) and more honest than most politicians (+6).

Leader Attributes – Tony Abbott

Apr 15, 2014

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

 

2 Sep 14

(as Opposition leader)

29 Oct 14

 

Total

15 Apr

Change

Hard working

71%

67%

66%

-1

Intelligent

63%

62%

59%

-3

Arrogant

52%

54%

58%

+4

Narrow-minded

55%

54%

56%

+2

Out of touch with ordinary people

52%

51%

56%

+5

A capable leader

46%

52%

50%

-2

Superficial

48%

49%

50%

+1

Understands the problems facing Australia

46%

51%

48%

-3

Intolerant

47%

49%

47%

-2

Aggressive

47%

46%

45%

-1

Good in a crisis

39%

45%

45%

Erratic

43%

43%

43%

Trustworthy

38%

40%

40%

More honest than most politicians

34%

39%

37%

-2

Visionary

35%

33%

34%

+1

Tony Abbott’s key attributes were hard working (66%), intelligent (59%), arrogant (58%), narrow-minded (56%) and out of touch with ordinary people (56%).

Since October, the largest shifts have been for out of touch with ordinary people (+5) and arrogant (+4).

Leader attributes – comparisons

Sep 2, 2013
 

Rudd

Abbott

 

Difference

Good in a crisis

52%

39%

+13

Intelligent

74%

63%

+9

Arrogant

60%

52%

+8

A capable leader

54%

46%

+8

Erratic

51%

43%

+8

Visionary

42%

35%

+7

Understands the problems facing Australia

53%

46%

+7

Superficial

54%

48%

+6

Aggressive

53%

47%

+6

More honest than most politicians

35%

34%

+1

Hard-working

70%

71%

-1

Intolerant

46%

47%

-1

Trustworthy

35%

38%

-3

Out of touch with ordinary people

46%

52%

-6

Narrow-minded

38%

55%

-17

Compared to Tony Abbott, Kevin Rudd is much likely to be considered good in a crisis (+13), intelligent (+9), arrogant (+8), a capable leader (+8), erratic (+8), visionary (+7) and understands the problems facing Australia (+7).

Tony Abbott is regarded by more respondents to be narrow-minded (-17) and out of touch with ordinary people (-6).

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

Jan 14, 2013
 

Gillard

Abbott

Difference

Intelligent

72%

64%

+8%

Hard-working

72%

70%

+2%

A capable leader

50%

43%

+7%

Arrogant

47%

61%

-14%

Out of touch with ordinary people

53%

54%

-1%

Understands the problems facing Australia

47%

47%

Visionary

29%

28%

+1%

Superficial

46%

48%

-2%

Good in a crisis

50%

39%

+11%

Narrow-minded

45%

56%

-11%

More honest than most politicians

30%

29%

+1%

Trustworthy

32%

33%

-1%

Intolerant

37%

49%

-12%

Aggressive

46%

55%

-9%

Erratic

40%

51%

-11%

Compared to Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard is seen as more likely to be considered good in a crisis (+11%), intelligent (+8%) and a capable leader (+7%).

Abbott is regarded by significantly more respondents to be arrogant (+14%), narrow minded (+11%), intolerant (+12%) and erratic (+11%).

Leader Attributes – Tony Abbott

Sep 17, 2012

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

Change

Intelligent

70%

71%

64%

61%

56%

62%

+6%

Hard-working

76%

78%

72%

75%

68%

67%

-1%

A capable leader

47%

52%

48%

45%

41%

37%

-4%

Arrogant

59%

60%

58%

60%

61%

63%

+2%

Out of touch with ordinary people

57%

53%

54%

57%

54%

57%

+3%

Understands the problems facing Australia

50%

53%

50%

48%

49%

43%

-6%

Visionary

32%

31%

27%

27%

26%

29%

+3%

Superficial

45%

49%

49%

51%

+2%

Good in a crisis

40%

42%

41%

40%

36%

35%

-1%

Narrow-minded

56%

53%

51%

54%

54%

59%

+5%

More honest than most politicians

33%

32%

31%

32%

30%

27%

-3%

Trustworthy

33%

35%

34%

32%

32%

30%

-2%

Intolerant

53%

Aggressive

59%

Erratic

51%

Abbott’s key attributes were hard-working (67%), intelligent (62%) and arrogant (63%).

The biggest shifts in the leader attributes for Abbott were on intelligent (+6%), understandings the problems facing Australia (-6%), narrow minded (+5%) and a capable leader (-4%).

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).

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