Leader Attributes – Tony Abbott

Apr 15, 2014

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott?

 

2 Sep 14

(as Opposition leader)

29 Oct 14

 

Total

15 Apr

Change

Hard working

71%

67%

66%

-1

Intelligent

63%

62%

59%

-3

Arrogant

52%

54%

58%

+4

Narrow-minded

55%

54%

56%

+2

Out of touch with ordinary people

52%

51%

56%

+5

A capable leader

46%

52%

50%

-2

Superficial

48%

49%

50%

+1

Understands the problems facing Australia

46%

51%

48%

-3

Intolerant

47%

49%

47%

-2

Aggressive

47%

46%

45%

-1

Good in a crisis

39%

45%

45%

Erratic

43%

43%

43%

Trustworthy

38%

40%

40%

More honest than most politicians

34%

39%

37%

-2

Visionary

35%

33%

34%

+1

Tony Abbott’s key attributes were hard working (66%), intelligent (59%), arrogant (58%), narrow-minded (56%) and out of touch with ordinary people (56%).

Since October, the largest shifts have been for out of touch with ordinary people (+5) and arrogant (+4).

Leader attributes – comparisons

Apr 2, 2013
 

Gillard

Abbott

Difference

Out of touch with ordinary people

64%

52%

+12%

Erratic

55%

45%

+10%

Intelligent

69%

63%

+6%

Superficial

55%

49%

+6%

Aggressive

55%

49%

+6%

Narrow-minded

55%

53%

+2%

Intolerant

49%

48%

+1%

Good in a crisis

44%

44%

Arrogant

55%

56%

-1%

Hard-working

66%

70%

-4%

Visionary

30%

37%

-7%

More honest than most politicians

27%

36%

-9%

A capable leader

37%

47%

-10%

Trustworthy

25%

36%

-11%

Understands the problems facing Australia

37%

49%

-12%

Compared to Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard is seen as more likely to be considered out of touch with ordinary people (+12%) and erratic (+10%).

Tony Abbott is regarded by significantly more respondents to understand the problems facing Australians (+12) and to be trustworthy (+11%), a capable leader (+10%) and more honest than most politicians (+9%).