Rating of Prime Minister during Barack Obama Visit

Nov 28, 2011

Q. How would you rate the performance of the Prime Minister Julia Gillard during the recent visit by US President Barack Obama?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total good 38% 76% 16% 51%
Total poor 23% 2% 42% 10%
Very good 12% 36% 2% 6%
Good 26% 40% 14% 45%
Average 31% 18% 37% 32%
Poor 8% 15% 5%
Very poor 15% 2% 27% 5%
Don’t know 7% 3% 5% 7%

Overall, the Prime Minister’s performance during the recent visit by US President Barack Obama was rated positively.

38% rated her performance during the recent visit by US President Barack Obama as good and 23% rated it poor. 31% thought it was average.

76% of Labor voters and 51% of Greens voters rated it good, while 42% of Liberal/National voters rated it poor and 37% rated it as average.

43% of women rated her performance goods compared to 33% of men.

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Approval of Julia Gillard

Nov 14, 2011

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

19 Jul 2010 20 Dec 2010 14 Mar 14 June 12 Sept 17 Oct 14 Nov
Total approve 52% 43% 41% 34% 28% 34% 37%
Total disapprove 30% 40% 46% 54% 64% 59% 55%
Strongly approve 11% 10% 7% 6% 5% 7% 8%
Approve 41% 33% 34% 28% 23% 27% 29%
Disapprove 17% 24% 22% 29% 28% 27% 25%
Strongly disapprove 13% 16% 24% 25% 36% 32% 30%
Don’t know 18% 17% 13% 13% 8% 7% 9%

Julia Gillard’s approval rating has continued the improvement shown last month. 37% (up 3%) approve of the job Julia Gillard is doing as Prime Minister and 55% (down 4%) disapprove – a change in net rating from -25 to -18 over the last 4 weeks. This represents Julia Gillard’s best ratings since May.

81% of Labor voters approve (up 7%) and 16% disapprove (down 5%).

By gender – men 37% approve/57% disapprove, women 36% approve/52% disapprove.

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Better Prime Minister

Nov 14, 2011

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

5 Jul 2010 14 Mar 14 June 12 Sept 17 Oct 14 Nov Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Julia Gillard 53% 44% 41% 36% 38% 41% 83% 7% 80%
Tony Abbott 26% 33% 36% 40% 39% 36% 5% 73% 4%
Don’t know 21% 23% 24% 24% 23% 24% 12% 20% 17%

41% believe Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 36% prefer Tony Abbott – a net improvement for Julia Gillard of 6% on last month’s figures (from -1% to +5%). This is the best result for Julia Gillard since June.

Men are evenly split 39%/39% and women favour Julia Gillard 42%/33%.

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Approval of Parties to Qantas Dispute

Nov 7, 2011

Q. Did you approve or disapprove of the performance of each of the following in the Qantas dispute?

Regular air travellers
Total approve Total disapprove Strongly approve Approve Disapprove Strongly disapprove Don’t know Total approve Total disapprove
Julia Gillard and the Labor Government 30% 49% 6% 24% 22% 27% 20% 30% 56%
Tony Abbott and the opposition 27% 45% 5% 22% 21% 24% 28% 36% 45%
Qantas management 27% 57% 6% 21% 28% 29% 16% 37% 56%
Qantas workers 33% 49% 7% 26% 36% 13% 18% 35% 55%
The Qantas CEO Alan Joyce 28% 58% 8% 20% 22% 36% 14% 37% 55%
Union leaders 24% 56% 4% 20% 27% 29% 19% 26% 63%
Fair Work Australia 55% 21% 13% 42% 15% 6% 23% 62% 25%

Overall, respondents disapproved of the performance of all parties to the dispute except for Fair Work Australia, which was approved by 55%.

More than half the respondents disapproved of the Qantas CEO Alan Joyce (58%), Qantas management (57%) and union leaders (56%).

Regular air travellers were more likely to approve of Qantas management and CEO. However, more than half disapproved of all parties except for Tony Abbott and the opposition (45% disapprove) and Fair Work Australia (25%).

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Approval of Julia Gillard

Oct 17, 2011

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

19 Jul 20 Dec 17 Jan 2011 14 Feb 14 Mar 11 Apr 9 May 14 June 11 July 15 Aug 12 Sept 17 Oct
Total approve 52% 43% 51% 48% 41% 37% 41% 34% 29% 35% 28% 34%
Total disapprove 30% 40% 36% 41% 46% 50% 48% 54% 62% 55% 64% 59%
Strongly approve 11% 10% 8% 9% 7% 7% 7% 6% 5% 6% 5% 7%
Approve 41% 33% 43% 39% 34% 30% 34% 28% 24% 29% 23% 27%
Disapprove 17% 24% 24% 25% 22% 25% 26% 29% 30% 24% 28% 27%
Strongly disapprove 13% 16% 12% 16% 24% 25% 22% 25% 32% 31% 36% 32%
Don’t know 18% 17% 14% 11% 13% 13% 11% 13% 9% 11% 8% 7%

After dropping last month Julia Gillard’s approval rating has improved this month. 34% (up 6%) approve of the job Julia Gillard is doing as Prime Minister and 59% (down 5%) disapprove – a change in net rating from -36 to -25 over the last 5 weeks.

74% of Labor voters approve (up 8%) and 21% disapprove (down 5%).

By gender – men 36% approve/60% disapprove, women 32% approve/58% disapprove.

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Better Prime Minister

Oct 17, 2011

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

5 Jul 2010 17 Jan 2011 14 Feb 14 Mar 11 Apr 9 May 14 June 11 July 15 Aug 12 Sept 17 Oct Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Julia Gillard 53% 47% 48% 44% 42% 43% 41% 37% 38% 36% 38% 82% 4% 85%
Tony Abbott 26% 32% 31% 33% 33% 35% 36% 39% 36% 40% 39% 2% 82% 4%
Don’t know 21% 21% 20% 23% 24% 22% 24% 24% 26% 24% 23% 16% 14% 11%

38% believe Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 39% prefer Tony Abbott – a net improvement for Julia Gillard of 3% on last month’s figures (from -4% to -1%).

Men prefer Tony Abbott 42%/38% and women favour Julia Gillard 38%/36%.

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Descriptions of Leaders

Oct 17, 2011

Q. Regardless of how you vote, what words would you use to describe the positions taken by Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott on the issue of asylum seekers, including the recent attempt at legislating the deal with Malaysia?

Julia Gillard Tony Abbott Difference
Just playing politics 46% 47% -1
Stubborn 26% 20% +6
Unethical 24% 14% +10
Too soft 21% 7% +14
Populist 13% 14% -1
Cruel 13% 9% +4
Responsible 11% 16% -5
Fair 10% 15% -5
Too hard 10% 6% +4
Balanced 7% 11% -4
Principled 6% 11% -5
Visionary 6% 5% +1

Nearly half the respondents believe that both Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott have been “just playing politics” over the issue of asylum seekers.

The main differences between the leaders positions on asylum seekers were that Julia Gillard was more likely to be considered “too soft” (21% to 7%) and “unethical” (24% to 14%). Julia Gillard was also a little more likely to be considered “stubborn” (26% to 20%).

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Better Prime Minister

Sep 12, 2011

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

5 Jul 2010 17 Jan 2011 14 Feb 14 Mar 11 Apr 9 May 14 June 11 July 15 Aug 12 Sept Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Julia Gillard 53% 47% 48% 44% 42% 43% 41% 37% 38% 36% 81% 5% 69%
Tony Abbott 26% 32% 31% 33% 33% 35% 36% 39% 36% 40% 5% 79% 8%
Don’t know 21% 21% 20% 23% 24% 22% 24% 24% 26% 24% 13% 16% 23%

36% believe Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 40% prefer Tony Abbott – a net improvement for Tony Abbott of 6% on last month’s figures (from -2% to +4%).

Men prefer Tony Abbott 43%/37% and women favour Tony Abbott 37%/36%.

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