Attributes to describe Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd

Mar 1, 2010

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

  29 June 09 7 Dec 09 1 March 10 Difference from Jun 09 Difference from Dec 09
Intelligent 84% 82% 82% -2%
Hard-working 83% 77% 77% -6%
A capable leader 72% 69% 65% -7% -4%
Demanding 67% 60% 55% -12% -5%
Arrogant 46% 49% 45% -1% -4%
Out of touch with ordinary people 41% 45% 45% +4%
Understands the problems facing Australia 67% 59% 62% -5% +3%
Visionary 49% 48% 44% -5% -4%
Superficial 40% 41% 46% +6% +5%
Good in a crisis 60% 58% 56% -4% -2%
Narrow-minded 32% 36% 36% +4%
Down to earth 56% 55% 57% +1% +2%
Too inflexible 32% 38% 38% +6%
Complacent 28% 38% 40% +12% +2%
More honest than most politicians 47% 49% 47% -2%
Trustworthy n/a 51% 51%

Comparing our June 2009 results with those obtained this week, Rudd has gained points in terms of appearing complacent (+12%), superficial (+6%) and too inflexible (+6%).  He has lost the most ground in terms of appearing as demanding (-12%), a capable leader (-7%) and hard-working (-6%).

Comparing this week’s results with those obtained in December 2009, Rudd has gained the most ground in terms of appearing superficial (+5%) and lost the most ground in terms of appearing demanding (-5%), arrogant (-4%), visionary (-4%) and as a capable leader (-4%).   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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