Rudd/Abbott Personality Traits

Mar 1, 2010

Q.  Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd?  

Q.  Which of the following describe your opinion of the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott?

  Rudd

1 March 10

Abbott

1 March 10

Difference (Rudd lead) 
Intelligent 82% 71% +11%
Hard-working 77% 69% +8%
A capable leader 65% 49% +16%
Demanding 55% 55%
Arrogant 45% 53% -8%
Out of touch with ordinary people 45% 50% +5%
Understands the problems facing Australia 62% 49% +13%
Visionary 44% 33% +11%
Superficial 46% 43% +3
Good in a crisis 56% 38% +18%
Narrow-minded 36% 57% -21%
Down to earth 57% 46% +11%
Too inflexible 38% 49% -11%
Complacent 40% 33% +7%
More honest than most politicians 47% 34% +13%
Trustworthy 51% 38% +13%

 Rudd has his strongest lead over Abbott when it comes to appearing good in a crisis (+18%) and as a capable leader (+16%).  People think Rudd is better than Abbott when it comes to understanding the problems facing Australia (+13%), more honest than most politicians (+13%) and trustworthy (+13%). 

 Rudd trails Abbott most significantly in terms of appearing narrow-minded (-21%), too inflexible (-11%) and arrogant (-8%). Comments »

Attributes to Describe the Prime Minister

Dec 7, 2009

Q.  Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd?

29 June 09 7 Dec 09 Difference
Intelligent 84% 82% -2%
Hard-working 83% 77% -6%
A capable leader 72% 69% -3%
Demanding 67% 60% -7%
Arrogant 46% 49% +3%
Out of touch with ordinary people 41% 45% +4%
Understands the problems facing Australia 67% 59% -8%
Visionary 49% 48% -1%
Superficial 40% 41% +1%
Good in a crisis 60% 58% -2%
Narrow-minded 32% 36% +4%
Down to earth 56% 55% -1%
Too inflexible 32% 38% +6%
Complacent 28% 38% +10%
More honest than most politicians 47% 49% +2%
Trustworthy * 51% *

*Not asked in June 2009

Most people consider Rudd intelligent (82%), hard-working (77%), a capable leader (69%) and demanding (60%).

Since we last asked this question in June 2009, Rudd has lost points on qualities such as understanding the problems facing Australia (-8%), demanding (-7%) and hard-working (-6%).  Rudd has gained points in terms of being complacent (+10%), too inflexible (+6%), out of touch with ordinary people (+4%) and narrow-minded (+4%).

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Approval of the Prime Minister

Nov 30, 2009

Q. Do you strongly approve, approve, disapprove or strongly disapprove of the job Kevin Rudd is doing as Prime Minister?

12 Jan 09 9 Feb 09 30 Mar 09 18 May 09 29 Jun 09 10 Aug 09 28 Sept 09 9 Nov 09 30 Nov 09
Strongly approve 14% 17% 21% 14% 14% 13% 15% 14% 9%
Approve 52% 50% 50% 48% 48% 47% 51% 47% 47%
Disapprove 16% 15% 14% 18% 18% 17% 17% 19% 20%
Strongly disapprove 6% 8% 7% 11% 9% 10% 6% 13% 15%
Don’t know 11% 9% 9% 9% 11% 12% 11% 8% 10%
Total approve 66% 67% 71% 62% 62% 60% 66% 61% 56%
Total disapprove 22% 23% 21% 29% 29% 27% 23% 32% 35%

56% of people surveyed approve of the job Kevin Rudd is doing as Prime Minister and 35% disapprove.  Kevin Rudd’s approval rating has decreased five percentage points since we last asked this question in November and his disapproval rating has increased three percentage points.  Rudd’s approval rating is the lowest and the disapproval rating is the highest recorded over the last year.

Approval followed party lines – Labor voters were more likely to approve of the job Kevin Rudd is doing as Prime Minister (91%) while Coalition voters were more likely to disapprove (74%).   21% of Coalition voters approve of the job Kevin Rudd is doing as Prime Minister.

The net rating (approve minus disapprove) is +21%.

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