Leader attributes – comparisons

Jan 14, 2013
 

Gillard

Abbott

Difference

Intelligent

72%

64%

+8%

Hard-working

72%

70%

+2%

A capable leader

50%

43%

+7%

Arrogant

47%

61%

-14%

Out of touch with ordinary people

53%

54%

-1%

Understands the problems facing Australia

47%

47%

Visionary

29%

28%

+1%

Superficial

46%

48%

-2%

Good in a crisis

50%

39%

+11%

Narrow-minded

45%

56%

-11%

More honest than most politicians

30%

29%

+1%

Trustworthy

32%

33%

-1%

Intolerant

37%

49%

-12%

Aggressive

46%

55%

-9%

Erratic

40%

51%

-11%

Compared to Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard is seen as more likely to be considered good in a crisis (+11%), intelligent (+8%) and a capable leader (+7%).

Abbott is regarded by significantly more respondents to be arrogant (+14%), narrow minded (+11%), intolerant (+12%) and erratic (+11%).

Election of Party Leaders

Mar 5, 2012

Q. Do you think party leaders should be elected mainly based on who voters favour or who the members of Parliament believe is the best person to lead their party?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

The person the voters favour

56%

52%

62%

40%

The person members of Parliament believe best to lead the party

30%

35%

28%

49%

Don’t know

14%

12%

11%

11%

A majority of 56% think that party leaders should be elected mainly based on who voters favour and 30% think that the leadership should go to the person the members of Parliament believe is to lead their party.

Liberal/National voters are more likely to think the leader should be the person the voters favour (62%) while Greens voters tended to favour the person members of Parliament believe best (49%).

Older voters (aged 55+) were a little more likely to leave the judgment to the Parliamentarians although still prefer the person the voters favour 53% to 39%.

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Preferred System for Electing Party Leaders

Mar 5, 2012

Q. Which of the following do you think would be the best way to elect national party leaders?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

The Australian system where the leader is elected by the Members of Parliament

36%

45%

36%

45%

The US system where registered voters in primaries elect the party’s candidate for President

31%

25%

36%

23%

The UK system where MPs, party members (and in Labour’s case, union members from affiliated unions) all get to vote for the party leader

11%

10%

8%

15%

Don’t know

23%

19%

19%

17%

36% prefer the Australian system of electing the party leader – 31% prefer the US system and 11% the UK system.

Labor and Greens voters were more likely to prefer the Australian system (45%) and Liberal/National voters the US system (36%).

45% of people aged 55+ and 45% of those on income of $1,600+ pw favoured the Australian system.

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