Better Prime Minister

Sep 2, 2013

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

 

Gillard/ Abbott

11 Jun 13

 

Rudd/ Abbott

15 Jul

 

Rudd/ Abbott

13 Aug

 

Rudd/ Abbott

26 Aug

 

Rudd/ Abbott

2 Sep

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Julia Gillard/Kevin Rudd

39%

50%

47%

43%

44%

91%

5%

74%

Tony Abbott

40%

35%

35%

34%

38%

1%

80%

6%

Don’t know

21%

15%

18%

23%

18%

8%

16%

20%

44% (up 1%) believe Kevin Rudd would make the better Prime Minister and 38% (up 4%) prefer Tony Abbott.

Men prefer Kevin Rudd 44%/40% and women prefer Kevin Rudd 44%/37%.

Better Prime Minister

Aug 26, 2013

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

 

Gillard/ Abbott

11 Jun 13

 

Rudd/ Abbott

15 Jul 13

 

Rudd/ Abbott

13 Aug 13

Total

 

Rudd/ Abbott

26 Aug 13

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Julia Gillard/Kevin Rudd

39%

50%

47%

43%

89%

4%

63%

Tony Abbott

40%

35%

35%

34%

1%

77%

6%

Don’t know

21%

15%

18%

23%

10%

19%

31%

43% (down 4%) believe Kevin Rudd would make the better Prime Minister and 34% (down 1%) prefer Tony Abbott.

Men prefer Kevin Rudd 41%/38% and women prefer Kevin Rudd 45%/30%.

Better Prime Minister

Aug 13, 2013

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

 

Gillard/ Abbott

11 Jun 13

 

Rudd/ Abbott

15 Jul 13

 

 

Rudd/ Abbott

13 Aug 13

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Julia Gillard/Kevin Rudd

39%

50%

47%

92%

7%

68%

Tony Abbott

40%

35%

35%

3%

76%

7%

Don’t know

21%

15%

18%

5%

17%

25%

47% (down 3%) believe Kevin Rudd would make the better Prime Minister and 35% (no change) prefer Tony Abbott.

Men prefer Kevin Rudd 47%/39% and women prefer Kevin Rudd 47%/30%.

Approach to handling asylum seekers

Aug 5, 2013

Q. The Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and the Opposition leader Tony Abbott have both recently made statements about the handling of asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat.

Do you think Kevin Rudd’s approach to handling asylum seekers is too harsh, too soft or about right?

Do you think Tony Abbott’s approach to handling asylum seekers is too harsh, too soft or about right?

 

Kevin Rudd

 

Tony Abbott

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Too harsh

20%

19%

18%

49%

21%

38%

5%

42%

Too soft

24%

12%

35%

13%

20%

21%

16%

21%

About right

40%

53%

33%

25%

31%

11%

61%

7%

Don’t know

16%

16%

14%

13%

27%

31%

18%

30%

40% of respondents think Kevin Rudd’s approach to handling asylum seekers is about right and 31% think Tony Abbott’s approach is about right. Views are similar for both approaches in terms of whether they are too soft or too harsh – about one in five selected each option.

Kevin Rudd’s approach was more favoured by Labor voters (53%), aged 45-64 (45%) and tradespeople (51%). Tony Abbott’s approach was more favoured by Liberal/National voters (61%), men (37%), aged 65+ (46%) and tradespeople (40%).

Best leader of the Liberal Party

Jul 29, 2013

Q. Which of the following do you think would make the best leader of the Liberal Party?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

 

23 Apr 12

30 May 11

28 Feb 11

27 Sep 10

Tony Abbott

17%

5%

36%

1%

23%

22%

24%

26%

Malcolm Turnbull

37%

44%

35%

51%

30%

25%

18%

20%

Joe Hockey

10%

9%

13%

9%

14%

17%

16%

15%

Julie Bishop

3%

4%

3%

1%

5%

3%

4%

5%

Andrew Robb

*

*

*

1%

1%

1%

na

Someone else

12%

20%

3%

13%

12%

13%

14%

na

Don’t know

19%

19%

9%

24%

16%

19%

22%

33%

37% (up 7% since April last year) think Malcolm Turnbull would make the best leader of the Liberal Party, 17% (down 6%) prefer Tony Abbott and 10% (down 4%) Joe Hockey.

Among Liberal/National voters, 36% (-3%) prefer Tony Abbott, 35% (+9%) Malcolm Turnbull and 13% (-4%) Joe Hockey.

Malcolm Turnbull is preferred by 39% of men and 36% of women, Tony Abbott by 21% of men and 14% of women.

Approval of Tony Abbott

Jul 15, 2013

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

 

18
Jan
10

5 Jul

20 Dec

14 June  11

12 Dec

12
Jun
12

10 Dec

14
Jan
13

11
Feb

11 Mar

11 Jun

 

15 Jul

Total approve

37%

37%

39%

38%

32%

32%

33%

33%

36%

37%

40%

39%

Total disapprove

37%

47%

39%

48%

53%

54%

56%

57%

53%

51%

49%

51%

Strongly approve

5%

8%

9%

6%

6%

6%

8%

8%

7%

7%

10%

11%

Approve

32%

29%

30%

32%

26%

26%

25%

25%

29%

30%

30%

28%

Disapprove

20%

23%

21%

25%

25%

24%

25%

27%

22%

22%

17%

21%

Strongly disapprove

17%

24%

18%

23%

28%

30%

31%

30%

31%

29%

32%

30%

Don’t know

26%

16%

22%

15%

14%

13%

12%

10%

11%

12%

11%

11%

Tony Abbott’s approval ratings have dropped slightly over the past month. 39% (down 1%) approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader and 51% (up 2%) disapprove – a change in net rating from -9 to -12 over the last 5 weeks.

75% (down 5%) of Coalition voters approve and 14% (up 3%) disapprove.

By gender – men 43% approve/50% disapprove, women 35% approve/51% disapprove. In net terms this represents a shift with men from -3 to -7 and with women from -17 to -16.

Better Prime Minister

Jul 15, 2013

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

 

Rudd/
Abbott 21 Jun 10

Gillard/ Abbott
5
Jul 10

Gillard/ Abbott
11
Jun 13

 

Rudd/ Abbott
15
Jul 13
Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Julia Gillard/Kevin Rudd

47%

53%

39%

50%

94%

10%

84%

Tony Abbott

30%

26%

40%

35%

2%

72%

6%

Don’t know

23%

21%

21%

15%

3%

18%

10%

50% believe Kevin Rudd would make the better Prime Minister and 35% prefer Tony Abbott.

Men prefer Kevin Rudd 51%/36% and women prefer Kevin Rudd 49%/33%.

Leader attributes – comparisons

Jul 8, 2013
 

Rudd

Abbott

 

Difference

Intelligent

77%

60%

+17

Visionary

43%

26%

+17

A capable leader

58%

42%

+16

Good in a crisis

53%

38%

+15

Understands the problems facing Australia

57%

45%

+12

More honest than most politicians

41%

30%

+11

Trustworthy

42%

32%

+10

Hard-working

70%

65%

+5

Erratic

45%

45%

Superficial

44%

47%

-3

Arrogant

49%

54%

-5

Aggressive

43%

50%

-7

Intolerant

37%

46%

-9

Out of touch with ordinary people

39%

50%

-11

Narrow-minded

34%

55%

-21

Compared to Tony Abbott, Kevin Rudd is much more likely to be considered intelligent (+17), visionary (+17), a capable leader (+16) and good in a crisis (+15).

Tony Abbott is regarded by more respondents to be narrow-minded (-21) and out of touch with ordinary people (-11).

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