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 – 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).