Leader attributes – comparisons

Jul 8, 2013
 

Rudd

Abbott

 

Difference

Intelligent

77%

60%

+17

Visionary

43%

26%

+17

A capable leader

58%

42%

+16

Good in a crisis

53%

38%

+15

Understands the problems facing Australia

57%

45%

+12

More honest than most politicians

41%

30%

+11

Trustworthy

42%

32%

+10

Hard-working

70%

65%

+5

Erratic

45%

45%

Superficial

44%

47%

-3

Arrogant

49%

54%

-5

Aggressive

43%

50%

-7

Intolerant

37%

46%

-9

Out of touch with ordinary people

39%

50%

-11

Narrow-minded

34%

55%

-21

Compared to Tony Abbott, Kevin Rudd is much more likely to be considered intelligent (+17), visionary (+17), a capable leader (+16) and good in a crisis (+15).

Tony Abbott is regarded by more respondents to be narrow-minded (-21) and out of touch with ordinary people (-11).

Labor Party more or less united

Jul 8, 2013

Q. Do you think that following the election of Kevin Rudd as leader, the Labor Party will be more united, less united or will it make no difference?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total more united

49%

75%

33%

56%

Total less united

14%

5%

21%

10%

Much more united

17%

33%

9%

10%

A little more united

32%

42%

24%

46%

A little less united

7%

4%

10%

4%

Much less united

7%

1%

11%

6%

Make no difference

27%

11%

40%

28%

Don’t know

10%

7%

6%

6%

49% think that the Labor Party will be more united under Kevin Rudd’s leadership and 14% think it will be less united. 27% think it will make no difference.

57% of men think it will be more united compared to 41% of women.

Approval of Kevin Rudd replacing Julia Gillard

Jul 1, 2013

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of Kevin Rudd replacing Julia Gillard as leader of the Labor Party?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total approve

55%

77%

40%

48%

Total disapprove

31%

13%

49%

37%

Strongly approve

24%

45%

12%

8%

Approve

31%

32%

28%

40%

Disapprove

15%

8%

22%

23%

Strongly disapprove

16%

5%

27%

14%

Don’t know

14%

10%

12%

16%

55% approve Kevin Rudd replacing Julia Gillard as leader of the Labor Party and 31% disapprove.

77% of Labor voters approve and 13% disapprove.

63% of men approve and 27% disapprove compared to 46% of women approve and 36% disapprove.

Reasons Government is unpopular

Apr 8, 2013

Q. Although Australia’s economy is doing very well, according to opinion polls the Government is very unpopular. What do you think is the main reason for this? *

 

28 May 12

Total

8 Apr 13

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Voters don’t trust the Prime Minister

28%

27%

19%

35%

31%

The Labor Party is divided and can’t govern properly

na

19%

15%

23%

23%

The economy is doing well for other reasons, like China and the mining boom, not because of the government

15%

13%

9%

19%

11%

Voters would prefer Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister

na

9%

14%

4%

7%

Voters aren’t benefitting from the strong economy.

12%

9%

10%

5%

12%

The carbon tax has increased (will increase) the cost of living

17%

7%

6%

9%

Some other reason

8%

12%

21%

3%

12%

Don’t know

3%

5%

7%

2%

5%

* Based on those who agree the economy is good.

Respondents who thought the economy was doing well, thought the main reasons for the Government’s unpopularity were that voters don’t trust the Prime Minister (27%) and the Labor Party is divided and can’t govern properly (19%).

Both Liberal/National and Greens voters said trust in the Prime Minister was the key issue.

Since May last year, those blaming the impact of the carbon tax has declined from 17% to 7%.

Trust in People and Organisations

Jun 18, 2012

Q. How much trust do you have that the following people or organisations can be relied on to act in the community’s interest?

 

Total a lot/some trust

Total little/no trust

A lot of trust

Some trust

A little trust

No trust

Don’t know

Net trust
Kevin Rudd

37%

56%

14%

23%

26%

30%

7%

-19

Malcolm Turnbull

33%

54%

8%

25%

29%

25%

14%

-21

Tony Abbott

29%

63%

10%

19%

20%

43%

7%

-34

Julia Gillard

26%

67%

8%

18%

22%

45%

6%

-41

Mining magnates like Clive Palmer and Gina Rinehart

14%

73%

3%

11%

23%

50%

13%

-59

Australian companies

46%

47%

8%

38%

35%

12%

7%

-1

Banks

17%

66%

2%

15%

32%

44%

7%

-49

Foreign companies

8%

81%

1%

7%

24%

57%

10%

-73

There was a substantial lack of trust in all people and organisations tested with the exception of Australian companies – which split 46% a lot/some trust and 47% little/no trust.

For both the Labor Party and the Liberal Party, the current leaders were less trusted than the previous leaders. However, all political leaders were more trusted than mining magnates like Clive Palmer and Gina Rinehart.

Among Labor voters, 58% had a lot/some trust in Julia Gillard and 58% had a lot/some trust in Kevin Rudd. Among Liberal/National voters, 58% had a lot/some trust in Tony Abbott and 44% had a lot/some trust in Malcolm Turnbull.

Reasons Government is Unpopular

May 28, 2012

Q. Although Australia’s economy is doing very well, according to opinion polls the Government is very unpopular. What do you think is the main reason for this? *

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Voters don’t trust the Prime Minister

28%

21%

35%

44%

The carbon tax will increase the cost of living

17%

17%

19%

8%

The economy is doing well for other reasons, like China and the mining boom, not because of the government

15%

13%

19%

5%

Voters are still angry about the treatment of Kevin Rudd.

12%

18%

6%

14%

Voters aren’t benefiting from the strong economy.

12%

10%

14%

8%

The government looks sleazy because of Craig Thomson and Peter Slipper.

4%

5%

3%

8%

Some other reason

8%

12%

3%

11%

Don’t know

3%

5%

1%

3

* Based on those who agree the economy is good.

Respondents who thought the economy was doing well, thought the main reasons for the Government’s unpopularity were that voters don’t trust the Prime Minister (28%), that the carbon tax will increase the cost of living (17%) and that the economy is doing well for other reasons, not because of the Government (15%).

Both Liberal/National and Greens voters said trust in the Prime Minister was the key issue, while Labor voters were somewhat more likely to nominate anger over the treatment of Kevin Rudd.

Best Leader of the Labor Party

Apr 23, 2012

Q. Which of the following do you think would make the best leader of the Labor Party?

 

30 May 2011

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Julia Gillard

23%

16%

40%

4%

21%

Kevin Rudd

32%

31%

33%

32%

32%

Wayne Swan

2%

4%

6%

4%

5%

Greg Combet

4%

2%

1%

2%

2%

Bill Shorten

3%

6%

8%

5%

3%

Someone else

19%

23%

6%

33%

18%

Don’t know

17%

17%

6%

19%

19%

33% think Kevin Rudd would make the best leader of the Labor Party and 16% prefer Julia Gillard. This represents  declines of 1% for Kevin Rudd and 7% for Julia Gillard since this question was asked nearly 12 months ago. Those selecting “someone else” has increased from 19% to 23%.

Julia Gillard is preferred by 40% of Labor voters compared to 33% for Kevin Rudd. Men prefer Kevin Rudd over Julia Gillard 33% to 16% and women by 28% to 17%.

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Kevin Rudd’s Future

Mar 5, 2012

Q. What do you think Kevin Rudd should do now?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Stay in Parliament and challenge again

29%

30%

28%

29%

Stay in Parliament and not challenge again

28%

44%

17%

46%

Resign from Parliament

30%

17%

44%

20%

Don’t know

13%

8%

10%

5%

Respondents were divided about what Kevin Rudd should do – 30% say he should resign from parliament, 29% think he should stay and challenge again and 28% think he should stay and not challenge again.

Among Labor voters, 44% think he should stay and not challenge, while 44% of Liberal/National voters think he should resign from Parliament. 46% of Greens voters think he should stay in Parliament and not challenge again.

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