Comparison of Leader Attributes

Apr 2, 2012
 

Julia Gillard

Tony Abbott

Difference

Intelligent

61%

56%

+5%

Hard-working

65%

68%

-3%

A capable leader

38%

41%

-3%

Arrogant

53%

61%

-8%

Out of touch with ordinary people

65%

54%

+11%

Understands the problems facing Australia

41%

49%

-8%

Visionary

25%

26%

-1%

Superficial

54%

49%

+5%

Good in a crisis

36%

36%

Narrow-minded

53%

54%

-1%

More honest than most politicians

26%

30%

-4%

Trustworthy

25%

32%

-7%

Julia Gillard rates higher than Tony Abbott on out of touch with ordinary people (+11%), intelligent (+5%) and superficial (+5%).

She rates lower than Tony Abbott on arrogant (-8%), understands the problems facing Australia (-8%) and trustworthy (-7%).

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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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Comparison of Leader Attributes

Jun 27, 2011

Julia Gillard Tony Abbott Difference
Intelligent 73% 61% +12%
Hard-working 75% 75%
A capable leader 42% 45% -3%
Arrogant 48% 60% -12%
Out of touch with ordinary people 60% 57% +3%
Understands the problems facing Australia 44% 48% -4%
Visionary 26% 27% -1%
Superficial 52% 49% +3%
Good in a crisis 41% 40% +1%
Narrow-minded 46% 54% -8%
More honest than most politicians 29% 32% -3%
Trustworthy 30% 32% -2%

Julia Gillard rates substantially higher than Tony Abbott as intelligent (+12%) and lower on the negative attributes of arrogant (-12%) and narrow-minded (-8%). There were only minor differences on the other attributes.

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Assessment of Leaders

Sep 13, 2010

 Q. Which leader – Julia Gillard or Tony Abbott – would you say has shown more leadership abilities during the period since the election?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Julia Gillard 47% 92% 10% 73%
Tony Abbott 35% 2% 75% 4%
Don’t know 18% 6% 15% 23%

 47% think Julia Gillard has shown more leadership abilities during the period since the election and 35% favour Tony Abbott.

By gender – men favour Julia Gillard 47%/38%, women 48%/31%. Comments »

Opinion of Leaders

Jun 15, 2010

Q. From the following list of current and recent leaders of the Liberal/Labor Party – rate each in terms of whether you think they were a good or poor leader of their party.

Total good Total poor Very good Good Average Poor Very poor Don’t know
Tony Abbott 30% 34% 7% 23% 29% 14% 20% 7%
Malcolm Turnbull 28% 33% 6% 22% 32% 20% 13% 8%
Brendan Nelson 13% 44% 2% 11% 33% 28% 16% 11%
John Howard 51% 26% 27% 24% 18% 11% 15% 5%
Kevin Rudd 38% 34% 10% 28% 23% 15% 19% 4%
Kim Beazley 29% 29% 7% 22% 36% 17% 12% 6%
Mark Latham 7% 62% 2% 5% 23% 26% 36% 8%
Simon Crean 9% 47% 2% 7% 32% 29% 18% 12%
Paul Keating 40% 26% 14% 26% 27% 12% 14% 8%

Overall, John Howard (51% good/26% poor) was considered the best Liberal Party leader of recent times and Paul Keating (40%/26%) the best Labor leader.

However the current leaders – Kevin Rudd (38% good/34% poor) and Tony Abbott (30%/34%) – were both considered better than the leaders they succeeded.

Among Liberal/National voters Tony Abbott was rated good by 63%, compared to John Howard at 86% and Malcolm Turnbull at 37%.

Among Labor voters Kevin Rudd was rated good by 78%, compared to Paul Keating at 58% and Kim Beazley at 40%. Comments »