Approval of Joe Hockey

May 26, 2015

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Joe Hockey is doing as Treasurer?

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/ Indep- endent

Nov 2013

Aug 2014

Mar 2015

May 2015 Pre- budget

Total approve

34%

12%

72%

8%

24%

45%

35%

27%

30%

Total disapprove

44%

73%

13%

70%

52%

28%

44%

51%

48%

Strongly approve

8%

4%

18%

1%

4%

13%

11%

6%

6%

Approve

26%

8%

54%

7%

20%

32%

24%

21%

24%

Disapprove

23%

34%

11%

32%

29%

15%

20%

25%

25%

Strongly disapprove

21%

39%

2%

38%

23%

13%

24%

26%

23%

Don’t know

22%

16%

15%

22%

23%

27%

21%

22%

23%

34% approve of the job Joe Hockey is doing as Treasurer and 44% disapprove. 22% could not give an opinion.

This represents an improvement in net rating from -18 to -10 since this question was asked in the week prior to the Federal Budget. By gender – 36% (+2) of men approve and 47% (-4) disapprove; 34% (+8) of women approve and 41% (-2) disapprove.

Approval of Joe Hockey

May 12, 2015

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Joe Hockey is doing as Treasurer?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other/ Indep-endent   Nov 2013 Aug 2014 Mar 2015
Total approve 30%   10% 63% 14% 18% 45% 35% 27%
Total disapprove 48%   71% 19% 63% 59% 28% 44% 51%
Strongly approve 6% 1% 13% 3% 1% 13% 11% 6%
Approve 24% 9% 50% 11% 17% 32% 24% 21%
Disapprove 25% 33% 15% 33% 30% 15% 20% 25%
Strongly disapprove 23% 38% 4% 30% 29% 13% 24% 26%
Don’t know 23% 19% 18% 23% 23% 27% 21% 22%

30% approve of the job Joe Hockey is doing as Treasurer and 48% disapprove. 23% could not give an opinion.

This represents a change in net rating from -24 to -18 since this question was asked in March.

By gender – 34% (+6) of men approve and 51% (-3) disapprove; 26% (-1) of women approve and 43% (-5) disapprove.

Trust most to handle the economy

May 12, 2015

Q. Who would you trust most to handle Australia’s economy – The Treasurer Joe Hockey or the Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other/ Indep-endent   Aug 2014 Mar 2015
Joe Hockey 30% 7% 66% 16% 21% 34% 26%
Chris Bowen 22% 44% 5% 26% 19% 23% 25%
Don’t know 48% 49% 29% 57% 61% 43% 49%

30% have more trust in Joe Hockey to handle Australia’s economy and 22% have more trust in Chris Bowen. 48% don’t know who they would trust more.

This represents a 7-point shift in favour of Joe Hockey since this question was asked in March.

Performance of politicians

Dec 9, 2014

 Q. How would you rate the performance of the following people over the last 12 months?

 

Total good

Total poor

Net rating

 

Very good

Good

Neither good nor poor

Poor

Very poor

Don’t know

Tony Abbott – Prime Minister

27%

49%

-22

8%

19%

17%

16%

33%

7%

Bill Shorten – Opposition leader

26%

31%

-5

7%

19%

30%

17%

14%

13%

Joe Hockey – Treasurer

22%

46%

-24

5%

17%

23%

16%

30%

10%

Clive Palmer – leader of PUP

9%

59%

-50

2%

7%

22%

21%

38%

11%

Christine Milne – leader of the Greens

16%

39%

-23

4%

12%

27%

14%

25%

19%

Julie Bishop – Foreign Minister

47%

19%

+28

23%

24%

22%

9%

10%

12%

The Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop was the only politician measured with a positive rating – 47% rated her performance as good and 19% poor. Bill Shorten was the best of the others with a net rating of -5. Clive Palmer’s performance was rated very poorly (-50) while Tony Abbott, Joe Hockey and Christine Milne received similar net ratings.

Tony Abbott received a net rating of +50 from Liberal/National voters, Bill Shorten scored +42 with Labor voters and Christine Milne scored +36 with Greens voters.

Among Liberal/National voters Julie Bishop’s net rating was +61 and Joe Hockey’s +35.

Approval of Joe Hockey

Aug 5, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Joe Hockey is doing as Treasurer?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/ Indep-endent

 

Nov 13

Total approve

35%

 

11%

71%

7%

25%

45%

Total disapprove

44%

 

72%

13%

67%

52%

28%

Strongly approve

11%

2%

24%

1%

7%

13%

Approve

24%

9%

47%

6%

18%

32%

Disapprove

20%

30%

9%

26%

23%

15%

Strongly disapprove

24%

42%

4%

41%

29%

13%

Don’t know

21%

17%

16%

27%

22%

27%

35% approve of the job Joe Hockey is doing as Treasury and 44% disapprove. 21% could not give an opinion.

This represents a change in net rating from +17 to -9 since this question was asked in November.

By gender – 40% (-12) of men approve and 46% (+15) disapprove; 30% (-8) of women approve and 43% (+18) disapprove.

Approval of Government Ministers

Jul 1, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job the following people are doing as Government Ministers? 

 

Total approve

Total dis-approve

Net score

Strongly approve

Approve

Dis-approve

Strongly dis-approve

Don’t know

Malcolm Turnbull – Communications

44%

31%

+13

8%

36%

18%

13%

25%

Julie Bishop – Foreign Affairs

41%

38%

+3

12%

29%

18%

20%

22%

George Brandis – Attorney General

33%

31%

+2

7%

26%

15%

16%

36%

Scott Morrison – Immigration and Border Protection

38%

39%

-1

14%

24%

17%

22%

24%

Greg Hunt – Environment

28%

39%

-11

5%

23%

18%

21%

34%

Joe Hockey – Treasurer

36%

48%

-12

10%

26%

21%

27%

15%

Christopher Pyne – Education

29%

47%

-18

7%

22%

20%

27%

24%

Malcolm Turnbull (+13) received the highest rating while Christopher Pyne (-18), Joe Hockey (-12) and Greg Hunt (-11) receive substantial negative ratings. Respondents were divided over the performance of Julie Bishop (+3), George Brandis (+2) and Scott Morrison (-1). 

Liberal voters were most approving of Joe Hockey (78% approve), Julie Bishop (74%), Malcolm Turnbull (72%) and Scott Morrison (70%).

View more results by voter intention.

Trust to handle the economy

May 6, 2014

Q. Who would you trust most to handle Australia’s economy – The Treasurer Joe Hockey or the Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Joe Hockey

33%

6%

73%

1%

21%

Chris Bowen

27%

53%

5%

42%

22%

Don’t know

41%

41%

22%

57%

57%

33% of Australians most trust Joe Hockey to handle Australia’s economy. 27% most trust Chris Bowen. The largest proportion of Australian’s selected ‘don’t know’ (41%).

Although Labor voters were more likely to select Chris Bowen (53%), 41% still selected ‘don’t know’.

Lib/Nat voters were more likely to select Joe Hockey (73%), but 22% still picked ‘don’t know’.

Green voters were more likely to select Chris Bowen, with the majority (57%) selecting don’t know.

Selling Government-owned assets

Apr 8, 2014

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the Treasurer Joe Hockey’s proposal that State Governments sell their Government-owned assets (e.g. ports, rail, roads) to fund construction of new infrastructure?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/ Indep-endent

Total approve

25%

 

10%

44%

17%

23%

Total disapprove

58%

 

80%

41%

63%

60%

Strongly approve

7%

3%

11%

4%

8%

Approve

18%

7%

33%

13%

15%

Disapprove

27%

25%

31%

28%

22%

Strongly disapprove

31%

55%

10%

35%

38%

Don’t know

18%

11%

16%

19%

16%

58% disapprove of the Treasurer Joe Hockey’s proposal that State Governments sell their Government-owned to fund construction of new infrastructure and 25% approve.

Labor voters (80%) and Greens voters (63%) strongly disapprove but Liberal/National voters are divided with 44% approve/41% disapprove.

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