Best Leader for GFC

Sep 5, 2011

Q. If there was another global financial crisis or a recession, which of the following would be best to lead Australia?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Kevin Rudd 24% 34% 13% 37%
Tony Abbott 20% 4% 44%
Julia Gillard 13% 42% 1% 18%
Malcolm Turnbull 13% 7% 17% 17%
Joe Hockey 7% 1% 11% 3%
Don’t know 22% 12% 15% 25%

24% think Kevin Rudd would be best to lead Australia if there was another GFC and 20% favour Tony Abbott.

Among Labor voters Julia Gillard is preferred over Kevin Rudd 42% to 34%. Support for the current party leaders among their own voters is very similar – 42% of Labor voters prefer Julia Gillard and 44% of Liberal/National voters prefer Tony Abbott.

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Opposition Leader’s proposal on Carbon Tax

Aug 29, 2011

Q. Do you think the Opposition Leader’s proposal to ditch the carbon tax but keep the personal tax cuts will –

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Help Australia’s economy 44% 19% 73% 11%
Hurt Australia’s economy 30% 58% 8% 67%
Don’t know 26% 24% 19% 22%

44% think Tony Abbott’s proposal to ditch the carbon tax but keep the tax cuts will help Australia’s economy and 30% think it will hurt the economy. Opinions were closely associated with voting intention – 73% of Liberal/National voters think it will help the economy while 58% of Labor voters and 67% of Greens voters think it will hurt the economy.

Those on higher incomes are more likely to think it will help the economy – 50% of those on $1,600+pw compared to only 39% of those earning less than $1,000pw.

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Tony Abbott’s Support for Rallies

Aug 29, 2011

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of Tony Abbott giving his support to these rallies?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total approve 38% 14% 68% 8%
Total disapprove 36% 65% 9% 75%
Strongly approve 18% 3% 37% 1%
Approve 20% 11% 31% 7%
Disapprove 15% 25% 8% 14%
Strongly disapprove 21% 40% 1% 61%
No opinion 26% 21% 22% 18%

38% approve and 36% disapprove of Tony Abbott giving his support to the Canberra rallies. Views are closely associated with voting intention.

Groups most likely to approve were aged 65+ (54%) and full-time workers (45%).

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Approval of Tony Abbott

Aug 15, 2011

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader?

18 Jan

2010

29 Mar 5 Jul 20 Sep 20 Dec 17 Jan 2011 14 Feb 14 Mar 11 Apr 9 May 14 June 11 July 15 Aug
Total approve 37% 33% 37% 43% 39% 42% 38% 38% 36% 42% 38% 39% 37%
Total disapprove 37% 50% 47% 37% 39% 37% 46% 47% 48% 44% 48% 49% 50%
Strongly approve 5% 8% 8% 12% 9% 7% 8% 7% 7% 8% 6% 6% 8%
Approve 32% 25% 29% 31% 30% 35% 30% 31% 29% 34% 32% 33% 29%
Disapprove 20% 28% 23% 21% 21% 22% 24% 24% 25% 25% 25% 24% 25%
Strongly disapprove 17% 22% 24% 16% 18% 15% 22% 23% 23% 19% 23% 25% 25%
Don’t know 26% 16% 16% 19% 22% 20% 16% 16% 17% 14% 15% 11% 13%

37% (down 2%) approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader and 50% (up 1%) disapprove – a change in net rating from -10 to -13 over the last 4 weeks. This is Tony Abbott’s worst approval rating this year.

72% of Coalition voters approve and 20% disapprove.

By gender – men 40% approve/49% disapprove, women 33% approve/51% disapprove.

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Better Prime Minister

Aug 15, 2011

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott?

5 Jul 2010 17 Jan 2011 14 Feb 14 Mar 11 Apr 9 May 14 June 11 July 15 Aug Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Julia Gillard 53% 47% 48% 44% 42% 43% 41% 37% 38% 82% 7% 73%
Tony Abbott 26% 32% 31% 33% 33% 35% 36% 39% 36% 1% 73% 7%
Don’t know 21% 21% 20% 23% 24% 22% 24% 24% 26% 17% 20% 20%

38% believe Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 36% prefer Tony Abbott – a net improvement for Julia Gillard of 4% on last month’s figures (from -2% to +2%).

Men prefer Tony Abbott 41%/35% and women favour Julia Gillard 40%/32%.

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Tony Abbott’s belief in Climate Change

Aug 1, 2011

Q. What do you think Tony Abbott actually believes about climate change?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Does not believe in climate change 19% 28% 14% 34%
Does believe in climate change 27% 13% 46% 8%
Doesn’t care whether climate change is real or not 31% 48% 17% 42%
Don’t know 22% 11% 22% 16%

31% of respondents think that Tony Abbott doesn’t care whether climate change is real or not, 27% think he believes in climate change and 19% think he doesn’t.

46% of Liberal/National voters think he believes in climate change compared to only 13% of Labor voters and 8% of Greens voters. 34% of Greens voters think he does not believe in climate change and 48% of Labor voters think he doesn’t care whether climate change is real or not.

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Overturning the Carbon Pricing Scheme

Jul 25, 2011

Q. If the Government introduces their carbon pricing scheme Tony Abbott has said that if the Liberal Party wins the next election he will repeal this legislation. Do you support or oppose his proposal to overturn the carbon pricing scheme after it has been put in place?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total support 50% 24% 81% 15%
Total oppose 36% 63% 9% 73%
Strongly support 30% 8% 56% 8%
Support 20% 16% 25% 7%
Oppose 14% 19% 7% 12%
Strongly oppose 22% 44% 2% 61%
Don’t know 15% 13% 9% 10%

Overall, 50% of respondents support Tony Abbott’s proposal to overturn the carbon pricing scheme after it has been put in place.

Not surprisingly 81% of Lib/Nat voters support Tony Abbott’s proposal. 63% of Labor voters, and 73% of Green voters oppose Tony Abbott’s proposal.

Support for Tony Abbott’s proposal increased with age, with 63% of those aged 65+, compared to 36% of those aged 18-24 supporting the proposal to overturn the carbon pricing scheme.

Males (53%) were slightly more likely than females (47%) to support Tony Abbott’s proposal.

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Approval of Tony Abbott

Jul 11, 2011

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader?

18 Jan

2010

29 Mar 5 Jul 20 Sep 20 Dec 17 Jan 2011 14 Feb 14 Mar 11 Apr 9 May 14 June 11 July
Total approve 37% 33% 37% 43% 39% 42% 38% 38% 36% 42% 38% 39%
Total disapprove 37% 50% 47% 37% 39% 37% 46% 47% 48% 44% 48% 49%
Strongly approve 5% 8% 8% 12% 9% 7% 8% 7% 7% 8% 6% 6%
Approve 32% 25% 29% 31% 30% 35% 30% 31% 29% 34% 32% 33%
Disapprove 20% 28% 23% 21% 21% 22% 24% 24% 25% 25% 25% 24%
Strongly disapprove 17% 22% 24% 16% 18% 15% 22% 23% 23% 19% 23% 25%
Don’t know 26% 16% 16% 19% 22% 20% 16% 16% 17% 14% 15% 11%

39% (up 1%) approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader and 49% (up 1%) disapprove – no change in net rating (-10%) over the last 4 weeks.

73% of Coalition voters approve and 19% disapprove.

By gender – men 44% approve/48% disapprove, women 35% approve/51% disapprove.

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