Trust in Federal Leaders

Feb 21, 2011

Q. Who do you trust most to deliver good policies for Australia’s future?
(Question commissioned by Network Ten)

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Julia Gillard 40% 81% 5% 62%
Tony Abbott 31% 1% 72% 2%
Don’t know 29% 18% 23% 36%

40% have most trust in Julia Gillard to deliver good policies for Australia’s future and 31% trust Tony Abbott most.

Opinions closely follow party preference although Julia Gillard is overwhelmingly trusted more by Greens voters (62% to 2%).

Women are less trusting of Tony Abbott – 40% of men trust Julia Gillard and 36% trust Tony Abbott while 41% of women trust Julia Gillard and only 26% trust Tony Abbott.

Younger people are also less likely to trust Tony Abbott – those aged 55+ trust Tony Abbott (44%) more than Julia Gillard (36%) while those aged under 35 trust Julia Gillard more (42% Gillard/24% Abbott).

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Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd

Feb 21, 2011

Q. Do you think that Julia Gillard has been a better or a worse leader than Kevin Rudd?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total better 28% 47% 13% 30%
Total worse 33% 18% 48% 35%
A lot better 7% 15% 2% 3%
A little better 21% 32% 11% 27%
No difference 33% 32% 37% 30%
A little worse 15% 10% 17% 23%
A lot worse 18% 8% 31% 12%
Don’t know 6% 3% 2% 5%

Overall, respondents were split over whether Julia Gillard has been a better or worse leader than Kevin Rudd – 28% thought she had been better, 33% worse and 33% no different.

Labor voters were more likely to think she had been better (47%/18%) while Liberal/National voters though she had been worse (13%/48%). Greens voters were split 30% better/35% worse and 30% no different.

By gender – men split 24% better/37% worse compared to women 31% better/29% worse.

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Approval of Julia Gillard

Feb 14, 2011

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Julia Gillard is doing as Prime Minister?

Kevin Rudd Julia Gillard
31 May 5 Jul 19 Jul 16 Aug 20 Sep 18 Oct 22 Nov 20 Dec 17 Jan 2011 14 Feb 2011
Total approve 41% 48% 52% 46% 45% 45% 43% 43% 51% 48%
Total disapprove 47% 27% 30% 40% 37% 37% 38% 40% 36% 41%
Strongly approve 7% 14% 11% 13% 12% 10% 7% 10% 8% 9%
Approve 34% 34% 41% 33% 33% 36% 36% 33% 43% 39%
Disapprove 25% 13% 17% 24% 21% 20% 23% 24% 24% 25%
Strongly disapprove 22% 14% 13% 16% 16% 17% 15% 16% 12% 16%
Don’t know 12% 26% 18% 13% 19% 18% 18% 17% 14% 11%

48% (down 3%) approve of the job Julia Gillard is doing as Prime Minister and 41% (up 5%) disapprove – a change in net rating from +15 to +7 over the last 4 weeks.

88% of Labor voters approve and 8% disapprove.

By gender – men 45% approve/45% disapprove, women 51% approve/36% disapprove.

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Better Prime Minister

Feb 14, 2011


Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott?

5 Jul 2010 16 Aug 20 Sep 18 Oct 22 Nov 20 Dec 17 Jan 2011 14 Feb 2011 Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Kevin Rudd v Tony Abbott

21 Jun 10

Julia Gillard 53% 46% 47% 49% 45% 45% 47% 48% 89% 7% 81% 47%
Tony Abbott 26% 35% 35% 33% 34% 34% 32% 31% 4% 73% 6% 30%
Don’t know 21% 19% 18% 17% 21% 21% 21% 20% 8% 20% 16% 23%

48% believe Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 31% prefer Tony Abbott – a net increase for Julia Gillard of 2% on last month’s figures (from +15% to +17%).

Men favour Julia Gillard over Tony Abbott 45%/36% and women 52%/26%.

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Attributes to describe the Prime Minister

Feb 7, 2011

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

5 Jul 10 4 Oct 10 7 Feb 11 Difference
Intelligent 87% 81% 75% -6%
Hard-working 89% 82% 76% -6%
A capable leader 72% 59% 52% -7%
Arrogant 37% 39% 44% +5%
Out of touch with ordinary people 35% 44% 50% +6%
Understands the problems facing Australia 68% 55% 52% -3%
Visionary 48% 38% 30% -8%
Superficial 51% *
Good in a crisis 61% 46% 46%
Narrow-minded 28% 35% 43% +8%
More honest than most politicians 45% 37% 37%
Trustworthy 49% 42% 40% -2%

Julia Gillard’s key attributes were hard-working (76%) and intelligent (75%).

Major changes since this question was asked in October 2010 were increases of 8% for narrow-minded (to 43%) and 6% for out of touch (to 50%) and decreases for visionary (down 8% to 30%), a capable leader (down 7% to 52%), intelligent (down 6% to 75%) and hard-working (down 6% to 76%).

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Comparison of Leader Attributes

Feb 7, 2011
Julia Gillard Tony Abbott Difference
Intelligent 75% 64% +11%
Hard-working 76% 72% +4%
A capable leader 52% 48% +4%
Arrogant 44% 58% -14%
Out of touch with ordinary people 50% 54% -4%
Understands the problems facing Australia 52% 50% +2%
Visionary 30% 27% +3%
Superficial 51% 45% +6%
Good in a crisis 46% 41% +5%
Narrow-minded 43% 51% -8%
More honest than most politicians 37% 31% +6%
Trustworthy 40% 34% +6%

Julia Gillard leads Tony Abbott on all positive attributes and Tony Abbott leads on all negative attributes except for superficial (Gillard 51%/Abbott 45%).

The main differences between the leaders were for arrogant (Gillard 44%/Abbott 58%), intelligent (75%/64%) and narrow-minded (43%/51%).

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Flood Response – Parties

Feb 7, 2011

Q. Who do you think has the best approach to funding the damage from the recent floods across Australia?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Julia Gillard and the Labor Party 36% 79% 4% 55%
Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party 28% 3% 60% 8%
Don’t know 36% 19% 36% 37%

Q. Who would you trust most to manage the program of rebuilding infrastructure after the recent floods across Australia?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Julia Gillard and the Labor Party 36% 78% 3% 63%
Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party 35% 5% 75% 6%
Don’t know 29% 17% 22% 31%

Overall, respondents tend to favour the approach of Julia Gillard in funding the flood damage – 36% prefer the Labor Party approach, 28% the Liberal party and 36% don’t know.

However, in terms of managing the rebuilding of infrastructure, 36% favour Julia Gillard and the Labor Party and 35% favour Tony Abbott and the Liberal party.

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Floods – Leadership

Jan 24, 2011

Q. Thinking about the recent floods across Australia, how would you rate each of the following for providing leadership in dealing with the floods?

Total good Total poor Very good Good Average Poor Very poor Don’t know
Prime Minister Julia Gillard 42% 23% 15% 27% 28% 10% 13% 7%
Opposition leader Tony Abbott 19% 32% 4% 15% 36% 19% 13% 13%
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh 77% 6% 52% 25% 11% 3% 3% 6%
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh (Qld) 71% 9% 48% 23% 17% 2% 7% 3%
Brisbane Mayor Campbell Newman 61% 4% 28% 33% 16% 2% 2% 19%
Brisbane Mayor Campbell Newman (Qld) 75% 7% 46% 29% 14% 2% 5% 4%
Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu 34% 8% 8% 26% 26% 4% 4% 32%
Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu (Victoria) 47% 12% 10% 37% 27% 6% 6% 14%
NSW Premier Kristina Keneally 21% 23% 4% 17% 28% 11% 12% 29%
NSW Premier Kristina Keneally (NSW) 13% 40% 4% 9% 30% 18% 22% 18%

Nationally, 42% think the Prime Minister Julia Gillard provided good leadership and 23% poor – while the Opposition leader Tony Abbott was rated good by 19% and poor by 32%. In Queensland Julia Gillard rated 42% good/26% poor.

Nationally the Queensland Premier Anna Bligh was rated 77% good/6% poor and in Queensland 71% good/9% poor. The Mayor of Brisbane Campbell Newman was rated a little lower nationally (61%/4%) but slightly higher in Queensland (75%/7%).

In Victoria, the Premier Ted Bailieu was rated 47% good/12% poor and in NSW, Premier Kristina Keneally was rated 13% good/40% poor

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