Trust in Tony Abbott representing Australia

Jun 17, 2014

Q. How much trust do you have in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations? 

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

26 Nov 13

Total a lot/some

35%

8%

81%

11%

25%

41%

Total little/no trust

59%

88%

19%

87%

71%

53%

A lot of trust

17%

3%

45%

1%

7%

20%

Some trust

18%

5%

36%

10%

18%

21%

A little trust

16%

16%

14%

12%

28%

18%

No trust

43%

72%

5%

75%

43%

35%

Don’t know

5%

5%

1%

1%

4%

7%

17% of people have “a lot of trust” in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations.

43% have no trust.

Labor (72%) and Greens (75%) voters were far more likely to have ‘no trust’. Liberal/National voters were far less likely (5%) to have no trust. 45% of Liberal/National voters have “a lot of trust”.

Since this question was asked in November, those saying they have a lot or some trust has declined by 6% and those saying they have no trust increased by 8%.

Tony Abbott representing Australia

Jun 17, 2014

Q. When you think of Tony Abbott representing Australia at international conferences and meetings, how confident are you that he will do a good job in representing Australia to the international community? 

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Kevin Rudd

5 Oct 09

Total very/somewhat confident

45%

15%

91%

14%

44%

74%

Very confident

18%

3%

46%

2%

6%

31%

Somewhat confident

27%

12%

45%

12%

38%

43%

Not at all confident

50%

81%

8%

85%

54%

18%

Don’t know

5%

%

1%

1%

2%

8%

45% say they are very or somewhat confident that Tony Abbott will do a good job in representing Australia to the international community and 50% say they are not at all confident.

When this question was asked about Kevin Rudd in 2009, 74% said they were very/somewhat confident and only 18% said they were not at all confident.

Increasing connections with Asian countries

Nov 7, 2012

Q. Do you agree or disagree that increasing our diplomatic and business connections with Asian countries should be a major priority for Australia?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total agree

62%

72%

60%

67%

Total disagree

22%

15%

29%

19%

Strongly agree

13%

20%

8%

22%

Agree

49%

52%

52%

45%

Disagree

16%

12%

21%

12%

Strongly disagree

6%

3%

8%

7%

Don’t know

16%

14%

11%

14%

62% agree that Australia’s increasing our diplomatic and business connections with Asian countries should be a major priority for Australia and 22% disagree.

There was similar agreement across all age groups. Highest disagreement was shown by those aged 55+ (27%) and Liberal/National voters (29%).