Rating of Independents

May 13, 2013

Q. Regardless of how you vote in federal elections, how would you rate the performance of the following Independent MPs in federal parliament?

 

Total good

Total bad

Very Good

Good

Bad

Very Bad

Don’t know

 

Oct 11

Total Good

Oct 11 Total Bad

Rob Oakeshott

30%

30%

6%

24%

14%

16%

41%

23%

34%

Tony Windsor

29%

29%

7%

22%

14%

15%

42%

23%

32%

Andrew Wilkie

28%

30%

4%

24%

17%

13%

42%

24%

34%

Bob Katter

26%

41%

4%

22%

19%

22%

34%

27%

36%

There were mixed opinions about the performance of the independents in Parliament. Respondents were similarly split over the performances of Rob Oakeshott, Tony Windsor and Andrew Wilkie but somewhat more negative about Bob Katter.

In NSW, Rob Oakeshott was rated 30% good/37% bad and Tony Windsor 29% good/36% bad. In Queensland Bob Katter was rated 33% good/36% bad.

Since this question was last asked in October 2011, the ratings of Rob Oakeshott, Tony Windsor and Andrew Wilkie have improved a little while Bob Katter’s has declined.

Performance of the Independents

Oct 10, 2011

Q. Regardless of how you vote in federal elections, how would you rate the performance of the following Independent MPs in federal parliament?

Total Good Total Bad Very Good Good Bad Very Bad Don’t know
Rob Oakeshott 23% 34% 3% 20% 16% 18% 42%
Tony Windsor 23% 32% 4% 19% 18% 14% 44%
Andrew Wilkie 24% 34% 3% 21% 16% 18% 42%
Bob Katter 27% 36% 6% 21% 19% 17% 37%

Respondents struggle to rate the performance of the Independents, with the most common response being ‘don’t know’.  However, in the case of Bob Katter, respondents are more likely to have a view, with the ‘don’t knows’ dropping 5 points from about 42% to 37% in Katter’s case.

The performance of Rob Oakeshott, Tony Windsor and Andrew Wilkie are rated as more or less the same with about 23% of respondents regarding their performance as good and 33% regarding it as bad. Bob Katter came out on top by a fraction, with 27% rating his performance as good.

However, in all instances, more respondents rate the performance of the Independents as bad, with Katter also earning the most criticism (36% bad).

Ratings do not vary greatly by state or territory, save that respondents in Queensland are significantly more likely to rate the performance of Bob Katter as good (38% total good). Respondents in NSW are somewhat more likely to rate the performance of Tony Windsor as good (27% total good).

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