Leader Attributes – Tony Abbott

May 27, 2014

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

 

2 Sep 14

(as Opposition leader)

29 Oct 14

15 Apr

 

Total

27 May

Change

Out of touch with ordinary people

52%

51%

56%

67%

+11

Arrogant

52%

54%

58%

63%

+5

Narrow-minded

55%

54%

56%

61%

+5

Hard working

71%

67%

66%

57%

-9

Superficial

48%

49%

50%

57%

+7

Intolerant

47%

49%

47%

55%

+8

Intelligent

63%

62%

59%

52%

-7

Aggressive

47%

46%

45%

52%

+7

Erratic

43%

43%

43%

51%

+8

Understands the problems facing Australia

46%

51%

48%

42%

-5

A capable leader

46%

52%

50%

41%

-9

Good in a crisis

39%

45%

45%

35%

-10

Visionary

35%

33%

34%

31%

-3

More honest than most politicians

34%

39%

37%

30%

-7

Trustworthy

38%

40%

40%

29%

-11

Tony Abbott’s key attributes were out of touch with ordinary people (67%), arrogant (63%), narrow-minded (61%), hard working (57%) and superficial (57%).

Since April, the largest shifts have been for out of touch with ordinary people (+11), trustworthy (-11), good in a crisis (-10), hard working (-9) and a capable leader (-9).

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 – Bill Shorten

Apr 15, 2014

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten?

 

29 Oct 14

 

Total

15 Apr

Change

Intelligent

69%

63%

-6

Hard working

65%

60%

-5

Understands the problems facing Australia

50%

44%

-6

Out of touch with ordinary people

42%

44%

+2

Superficial

37%

43%

+6

A capable leader

49%

42%

-7

Arrogant

35%

40%

+5

Narrow-minded

31%

39%

+8

Erratic

30%

37%

+7

Good in a crisis

40%

36%

-4

Trustworthy

34%

32%

-2

Intolerant

30%

32%

+2

Aggressive

31%

31%

Visionary

33%

28%

-5

More honest than most politicians

27%

26%

-1

Bill Shorten’s key attributes were intelligent (63%), hard working (60%), understands the problems facing Australia (44%) and out of touch with ordinary people (44%). Since October, the largest shifts have been for narrow-minded (+8), a capable leader (-7), erratic (+7), intelligent (-6), understands the problems facing Australia (-6) and superficial (+6).

Leader attributes – Julia Gillard

Apr 2, 2013

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard?

 

5
Jul
10

4
Oct
10

7
Feb
11

27
Jun
11

2
Apr
12

17
Sept
12

14
Jan
13

2
Apr
13

Change

Intelligent

87%

81%

75%

73%

61%

68%

72%

69%

-3%

Hard-working

89%

82%

76%

75%

65%

69%

72%

66%

-6%

Out of touch with ordinary people

35%

44%

50%

60%

65%

56%

53%

64%

+11%

Arrogant

37%

39%

44%

48%

53%

46%

47%

55%

+8%

Superficial

51%

52%

54%

46%

46%

55%

+9%

Narrow-minded

28%

35%

43%

46%

53%

46%

45%

55%

+10%

Aggressive

42%

46%

55%

+9%

Erratic

43%

40%

55%

+15%

Intolerant

37%

37%

49%

+12%

Good in a crisis

61%

46%

46%

41%

36%

43%

50%

44%

-6%

A capable leader

72%

59%

52%

42%

38%

43%

50%

37%

-13%

Understands the problems facing Australia

68%

55%

52%

44%

41%

43%

47%

37%

-10%

Visionary

48%

38%

30%

26%

25%

31%

29%

30%

+1%

More honest than most politicians

45%

37%

37%

29%

26%

31%

30%

27%

-3%

Trustworthy

49%

42%

40%

30%

25%

30%

32%

25%

-7%

Julia Gillard’s key attributes were intelligent (69%), hard-working (66%), out of touch with ordinary people (64%), arrogant (55%), superficial (55%), narrow-minded (55%), aggressive (55%) and erratic (55%).    Almost all positive leader attributes for Gillard moved down and the negative attributes moved down from the last time the question was polled in January.   The biggest shifts were for erratic (+15%), a capable leader (-13%), intolerant (+12), out of touch with ordinary people (+11%), narrow-minded (+10%) and understands the problems facing Australia (-10%).

Leader Attributes – Julia Gillard

Jan 14, 2013

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard?

 

5 Jul 10

4 Oct 10

7 Feb 11

27 Jun 11

2 Apr 12

17 Sept 12

14 Jan 13

Change

Intelligent

87%

81%

75%

73%

61%

68%

72%

+4%

Hard-working

89%

82%

76%

75%

65%

69%

72%

+3%

A capable leader

72%

59%

52%

42%

38%

43%

50%

+7%

Arrogant

37%

39%

44%

48%

53%

46%

47%

+1%

Out of touch with ordinary people

35%

44%

50%

60%

65%

56%

53%

-3%

Understands the problems facing Australia

68%

55%

52%

44%

41%

43%

47%

+4%

Visionary

48%

38%

30%

26%

25%

31%

29%

-2%

Superficial

51%

52%

54%

46%

46%

Good in a crisis

61%

46%

46%

41%

36%

43%

50%

+7%

Narrow-minded

28%

35%

43%

46%

53%

46%

45%

-1%

More honest than most politicians

45%

37%

37%

29%

26%

31%

30%

-1%

Trustworthy

49%

42%

40%

30%

25%

30%

32%

+2%

Intolerant

37%

37%

Aggressive

42%

46%

+4%

Erratic

43%

40%

-3%

Gillard’s key attributes were hard-working (72%), intelligent (72%), out of touch with ordinary people (53%), a capable leader (50%) and good in a crisis (50%).    Almost all positive leader attributes for Gillard moved up from the last time the question was polled in September 2012.   The biggest shifts on the positive attributes were on a capable leader (+7%) and good in a crisis (+7%).

Leader Attributes – Tony Abbott

Jan 14, 2013

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

 

5 Jul 10

4 Oct 10

7 Feb 11

27 Jun 11

2 Apr 12

17 Sept 12

14 Jan 13

Change

Intelligent

70%

71%

64%

61%

56%

62%

64%

+2%

Hard-working

76%

78%

72%

75%

68%

67%

70%

+3%

A capable leader

47%

52%

48%

45%

41%

37%

43%

+6%

Arrogant

59%

60%

58%

60%

61%

63%

61%

-2%

Out of touch with ordinary people

57%

53%

54%

57%

54%

57%

54%

-3%

Understands the problems facing Australia

50%

53%

50%

48%

49%

43%

47%

+4%

Visionary

32%

31%

27%

27%

26%

29%

28%

-1%

Superficial

45%

49%

49%

51%

48%

-3%

Good in a crisis

40%

42%

41%

40%

36%

35%

39%

+4%

Narrow-minded

56%

53%

51%

54%

54%

59%

56%

-3%

More honest than most politicians

33%

32%

31%

32%

30%

27%

29%

+2%

Trustworthy

33%

35%

34%

32%

32%

30%

33%

+3%

Intolerant

53%

49%

-4%

Aggressive

59%

55%

-4%

Erratic

51%

51%

Abbott’s key attributes were hard-working (70%), intelligent (64%), arrogant (61%), narrow-minded (56%), aggressive (55%) and out of touch with ordinary people (54%).

Since September last year, Tony Abbott has improved his ratings a little on most positive attributes – the biggest shift being for a capable leader (+6%).

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%).

Leader Attributes – Comparisons

Sep 17, 2012
 

Gillard

Abbott

Difference

Intelligent

68%

62%

+6%

Hard-working

69%

67%

+2%

A capable leader

43%

37%

+6%

Arrogant

46%

63%

-17%

Out of touch with ordinary people

56%

57%

-1%

Understands the problems facing Australia

43%

43%

Visionary

31%

29%

+2%

Superficial

46%

51%

-5%

Good in a crisis

43%

35%

+8%

Narrow-minded

46%

59%

-13%

More honest than most politicians

31%

27%

+4%

Trustworthy

30%

30%

Intolerant

37%

53%

-16%

Aggressive

42%

59%

-17%

Erratic

43%

51%

-8%

Compared to Abbott, Gillard is seen as more intelligent (+6%), a more capable leader (+6%) and good in a crisis (+8%).

Abbott is regarded by significantly more respondents to be arrogant (+17%), narrow minded (+13%), intolerant (+16%) and aggressive (+17%).

Since the last time the question was polled, Gillard has narrowed the gap on ‘out of touch with ordinary people’ (moving from +11% in April compared to Abbott to -1% this week) as well as ‘understands the problem facing Australia’ (-8% in April 2012 to equal with Abbott this month).