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 – Bill Shorten

Apr 15, 2014

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

 

29 Oct 14

 

Total

15 Apr

Change

Intelligent

69%

63%

-6

Hard working

65%

60%

-5

Understands the problems facing Australia

50%

44%

-6

Out of touch with ordinary people

42%

44%

+2

Superficial

37%

43%

+6

A capable leader

49%

42%

-7

Arrogant

35%

40%

+5

Narrow-minded

31%

39%

+8

Erratic

30%

37%

+7

Good in a crisis

40%

36%

-4

Trustworthy

34%

32%

-2

Intolerant

30%

32%

+2

Aggressive

31%

31%

Visionary

33%

28%

-5

More honest than most politicians

27%

26%

-1

Bill Shorten’s key attributes were intelligent (63%), hard working (60%), understands the problems facing Australia (44%) and out of touch with ordinary people (44%). Since October, the largest shifts have been for narrow-minded (+8), a capable leader (-7), erratic (+7), intelligent (-6), understands the problems facing Australia (-6) and superficial (+6).

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 – Julia Gillard

Apr 2, 2013

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

 

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

Intelligent

87%

81%

75%

73%

61%

68%

72%

69%

-3%

Hard-working

89%

82%

76%

75%

65%

69%

72%

66%

-6%

Out of touch with ordinary people

35%

44%

50%

60%

65%

56%

53%

64%

+11%

Arrogant

37%

39%

44%

48%

53%

46%

47%

55%

+8%

Superficial

51%

52%

54%

46%

46%

55%

+9%

Narrow-minded

28%

35%

43%

46%

53%

46%

45%

55%

+10%

Aggressive

42%

46%

55%

+9%

Erratic

43%

40%

55%

+15%

Intolerant

37%

37%

49%

+12%

Good in a crisis

61%

46%

46%

41%

36%

43%

50%

44%

-6%

A capable leader

72%

59%

52%

42%

38%

43%

50%

37%

-13%

Understands the problems facing Australia

68%

55%

52%

44%

41%

43%

47%

37%

-10%

Visionary

48%

38%

30%

26%

25%

31%

29%

30%

+1%

More honest than most politicians

45%

37%

37%

29%

26%

31%

30%

27%

-3%

Trustworthy

49%

42%

40%

30%

25%

30%

32%

25%

-7%

Julia Gillard’s key attributes were intelligent (69%), hard-working (66%), out of touch with ordinary people (64%), arrogant (55%), superficial (55%), narrow-minded (55%), aggressive (55%) and erratic (55%).    Almost all positive leader attributes for Gillard moved down and the negative attributes moved down from the last time the question was polled in January.   The biggest shifts were for erratic (+15%), a capable leader (-13%), intolerant (+12), out of touch with ordinary people (+11%), narrow-minded (+10%) and understands the problems facing Australia (-10%).