Better Prime Minister

Feb 14, 2011


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

5 Jul 2010 16 Aug 20 Sep 18 Oct 22 Nov 20 Dec 17 Jan 2011 14 Feb 2011 Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Kevin Rudd v Tony Abbott

21 Jun 10

Julia Gillard 53% 46% 47% 49% 45% 45% 47% 48% 89% 7% 81% 47%
Tony Abbott 26% 35% 35% 33% 34% 34% 32% 31% 4% 73% 6% 30%
Don’t know 21% 19% 18% 17% 21% 21% 21% 20% 8% 20% 16% 23%

48% believe Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 31% prefer Tony Abbott – a net increase for Julia Gillard of 2% on last month’s figures (from +15% to +17%).

Men favour Julia Gillard over Tony Abbott 45%/36% and women 52%/26%.

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Attributes to describe the Opposition Leader

Feb 7, 2011

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

5 Jul 10 4 Oct 10 7 Feb 11 Change
Intelligent 70% 71% 64% -7%
Hard-working 76% 78% 72% -6%
A capable leader 47% 52% 48% -4%
Arrogant 59% 60% 58% -2%
Out of touch with ordinary people 57% 53% 54% +1%
Understands the problems facing Australia 50% 53% 50% -3%
Visionary 32% 31% 27% -4%
Superficial 45% *
Good in a crisis 40% 42% 41% -1%
Narrow-minded 56% 53% 51% -2%
More honest than most politicians 33% 32% 31% -1%
Trustworthy 33% 35% 34% -1%

Tony Abbott’s key attributes were hard-working (72%), intelligent (64%) and arrogant (58%).

Major changes since this question was asked in October 2010 were decreases for intelligent (down 7% to 64%) and hard-working (down 6% to 72%).

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Comparison of Leader Attributes

Feb 7, 2011
Julia Gillard Tony Abbott Difference
Intelligent 75% 64% +11%
Hard-working 76% 72% +4%
A capable leader 52% 48% +4%
Arrogant 44% 58% -14%
Out of touch with ordinary people 50% 54% -4%
Understands the problems facing Australia 52% 50% +2%
Visionary 30% 27% +3%
Superficial 51% 45% +6%
Good in a crisis 46% 41% +5%
Narrow-minded 43% 51% -8%
More honest than most politicians 37% 31% +6%
Trustworthy 40% 34% +6%

Julia Gillard leads Tony Abbott on all positive attributes and Tony Abbott leads on all negative attributes except for superficial (Gillard 51%/Abbott 45%).

The main differences between the leaders were for arrogant (Gillard 44%/Abbott 58%), intelligent (75%/64%) and narrow-minded (43%/51%).

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Flood Response – Parties

Feb 7, 2011

Q. Who do you think has the best approach to funding the damage from the recent floods across Australia?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Julia Gillard and the Labor Party 36% 79% 4% 55%
Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party 28% 3% 60% 8%
Don’t know 36% 19% 36% 37%

Q. Who would you trust most to manage the program of rebuilding infrastructure after the recent floods across Australia?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Julia Gillard and the Labor Party 36% 78% 3% 63%
Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party 35% 5% 75% 6%
Don’t know 29% 17% 22% 31%

Overall, respondents tend to favour the approach of Julia Gillard in funding the flood damage – 36% prefer the Labor Party approach, 28% the Liberal party and 36% don’t know.

However, in terms of managing the rebuilding of infrastructure, 36% favour Julia Gillard and the Labor Party and 35% favour Tony Abbott and the Liberal party.

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Floods – Leadership

Jan 24, 2011

Q. Thinking about the recent floods across Australia, how would you rate each of the following for providing leadership in dealing with the floods?

Total good Total poor Very good Good Average Poor Very poor Don’t know
Prime Minister Julia Gillard 42% 23% 15% 27% 28% 10% 13% 7%
Opposition leader Tony Abbott 19% 32% 4% 15% 36% 19% 13% 13%
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh 77% 6% 52% 25% 11% 3% 3% 6%
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh (Qld) 71% 9% 48% 23% 17% 2% 7% 3%
Brisbane Mayor Campbell Newman 61% 4% 28% 33% 16% 2% 2% 19%
Brisbane Mayor Campbell Newman (Qld) 75% 7% 46% 29% 14% 2% 5% 4%
Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu 34% 8% 8% 26% 26% 4% 4% 32%
Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu (Victoria) 47% 12% 10% 37% 27% 6% 6% 14%
NSW Premier Kristina Keneally 21% 23% 4% 17% 28% 11% 12% 29%
NSW Premier Kristina Keneally (NSW) 13% 40% 4% 9% 30% 18% 22% 18%

Nationally, 42% think the Prime Minister Julia Gillard provided good leadership and 23% poor – while the Opposition leader Tony Abbott was rated good by 19% and poor by 32%. In Queensland Julia Gillard rated 42% good/26% poor.

Nationally the Queensland Premier Anna Bligh was rated 77% good/6% poor and in Queensland 71% good/9% poor. The Mayor of Brisbane Campbell Newman was rated a little lower nationally (61%/4%) but slightly higher in Queensland (75%/7%).

In Victoria, the Premier Ted Bailieu was rated 47% good/12% poor and in NSW, Premier Kristina Keneally was rated 13% good/40% poor

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Approval of Tony Abbott

Jan 17, 2011

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

18 Jan 29 Mar 5 Jul 16 Aug 20 Sep 18 Oct 22 Nov 20 Dec 17 Jan 2011
Total approve 37% 33% 37% 41% 43% 39% 40% 39% 42%
Total disapprove 37% 50% 47% 44% 37% 45% 40% 39% 37%
Strongly approve 5% 8% 8% 9% 12% 8% 6% 9% 7%
Approve 32% 25% 29% 32% 31% 31% 34% 30% 35%
Disapprove 20% 28% 23% 22% 21% 22% 22% 21% 22%
Strongly disapprove 17% 22% 24% 22% 16% 23% 18% 18% 15%
Don’t know 26% 16% 16% 15% 19% 17% 19% 22% 20%

42% (up 3%) approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader and 37% (down 2%) disapprove – a net change from last month of +5%

74% of Coalition voters approve and 14% disapprove.

By gender – men 46% approve/40% disapprove, women 39% approve/35% disapprove.

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Better Prime Minister

Jan 17, 2011

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

5 Jul 16 Aug 20 Sep 18 Oct 22 Nov 20 Dec 17 Jan 2011 Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Kevin Rudd v Tony Abbott

21 Jun 10

Julia Gillard 53% 46% 47% 49% 45% 45% 47% 89% 10% 78% 47%
Tony Abbott 26% 35% 35% 33% 34% 34% 32% 2% 70% 3% 30%
Don’t know 21% 19% 18% 17% 21% 21% 21% 9% 20% 19% 23%

47% believe Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 32% prefer Tony Abbott – a net increase for Julia Gillard of 4% on last month’s figures (from  +11% to +15%).

Men favour Julia Gillard over Tony Abbott 48%/33% and women 47%/31%.

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Approval of Tony Abbott

Dec 20, 2010

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

18 Jan 22 Feb 29 Mar 3 May 31 May 5 Jul 2 Aug 16 Aug 20 Sep 18 Oct 22 Nov 20 Dec
Total approve 37% 45% 33% 39% 35% 37% 38% 41% 43% 39% 40% 39%
Total disapprove 37% 36% 50% 43% 50% 47% 48% 44% 37% 45% 40% 39%
Strongly approve 5% 12% 8% 5% 5% 8% 8% 9% 12% 8% 6% 9%
Approve 32% 33% 25% 34% 30% 29% 30% 32% 31% 31% 34% 30%
Disapprove 20% 20% 28% 24% 28% 23% 27% 22% 21% 22% 22% 21%
Strongly disapprove 17% 16% 22% 19% 22% 24% 21% 22% 16% 23% 18% 18%
Don’t know 26% 18% 16% 18% 16% 16% 14% 15% 19% 17% 19% 22%

39% (down 1%) approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader and 39% (down 1%) disapprove – no net change from last month.

67% of Coalition voters approve and 16% disapprove.

By gender – men 44% approve/39% disapprove, women 34% approve/38% disapprove.

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