Leader attributes – comparisons

Jun 24, 2013
 

Gillard

Abbott

 

Difference

Intelligent

69%

62%

+7

Out of touch with ordinary people

57%

52%

+5

Good in a crisis

41%

38%

+3

Hard-working

71%

68%

+3

Visionary

32%

30%

+2

More honest than most politicians

30%

29%

+1

Superficial

49%

49%

Erratic

47%

47%

A capable leader

44%

44%

Trustworthy

30%

31%

-1

Understands the problems facing Australia

42%

44%

-2

Aggressive

45%

51%

-6

Narrow-minded

46%

55%

-9

Intolerant

39%

48%

-9

Arrogant

48%

59%

-9

Compared to Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard is more likely to be considered intelligent (+7) and out of touch with ordinary people (+5).

Tony Abbott is regarded by more respondents to be arrogant (-9), intolerant (-9), narrow-minded (-9) and aggressive (-6).

Better Prime Minister

Jun 11, 2013

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

 

5
Jul
10

14 June
11

12 Dec

12 Jun 12

10 Dec

14 Jan 13

11 Feb

11 Mar

15 Apr

13 May

Total
11 Jun

Vote Labor

Vote Lib

Vote Greens

Julia Gillard

53%

41%

39%

37%

43%

42%

39%

39%

37%

39%

39%

82%

4%

73%

Tony Abbott

26%

36%

35%

37%

34%

33%

37%

39%

39%

41%

40%

5%

84%

7%

Don’t know

21%

24%

26%

26%

23%

24%

24%

22%

24%

20%

21%

13%

12%

20%

39% (no change) believe Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 40% (down 1%) prefer Tony Abbott.

Men prefer Tony Abbott 43%/35% and women prefer Julia Gillard 42%/38%.

Carbon tax and mining tax

May 27, 2013

Q. In his reply to the budget Tony Abbott said he would dump the carbon tax and the mining tax but still retain the Labor Government’s compensation payments to households. If he is elected at the next election what do you think he is most likely to do?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Dump the carbon tax and mining tax and keep the compensation to households

26%

9%

47%

6%

Dump the carbon tax and mining tax but will not keep the compensation to households

29%

35%

27%

35%

He won’t dump the carbon tax and mining tax

28%

40%

14%

38%

Don’t know

17%

15%

11%

20%

Only 26% think that if Tony Abbott becomes Prime Minister at the next election, he will dump the carbon tax and the mining tax but still retain the Labor Government’s compensation payments to households. 29% think he will dump the taxes but will not keep the compensation to households and 28% think he won’t dump the taxes.

Only 47% of Liberal/National voters believe he will dump the taxes and keep the compensation.

Gonski education reforms

May 27, 2013

Q. Tony Abbott has said that, if elected, he will not proceed with the Gonski reforms to education which gives more funds to public schools but he will keep the current system of school funding which he says is working well. Do you think he should implement the Gonski funding reforms or keep the current system?

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Implement the Gonski reforms

43%

64%

26%

65%

Keep the current system of school funding

34%

18%

56%

14%

Don’t know

22%

18%

18%

22%

43% support implementing the Gonski education funding reforms and 34% support keeping the current system of school funding.

Strongest support for implementing the Gonski reforms came from Labor voters (64%), Greens voters (65%) and people aged 25-44 (49%).

Strongest support for keeping the current system came from Liberal/National voters (56%) and people aged 65+ (55%).

Approval of Tony Abbott

May 13, 2013

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

18 Jan

2010

5 Jul

 

20 Dec

14 June  2011

12 Dec

12 Jun 2012

10 Dec

14 Jan 2013

11 Feb

11 Mar

15 Apr

13 May

Total approve

37%

37%

39%

38%

32%

32%

33%

33%

36%

37%

37%

40%

Total disapprove

37%

47%

39%

48%

53%

54%

56%

57%

53%

51%

52%

50%

Strongly approve

5%

8%

9%

6%

6%

6%

8%

8%

7%

7%

8%

9%

Approve

32%

29%

30%

32%

26%

26%

25%

25%

29%

30%

29%

31%

Disapprove

20%

23%

21%

25%

25%

24%

25%

27%

22%

22%

24%

18%

Strongly disapprove

17%

24%

18%

23%

28%

30%

31%

30%

31%

29%

28%

32%

Don’t know

26%

16%

22%

15%

14%

13%

12%

10%

11%

12%

10%

11%

40% (up 3%) approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader and 50% (down 2%) disapprove – a change in net rating from -15 to -10 over the last 4 weeks, Tony Abbott’s best rating since July 2011.

77% (up 5%) of Coalition voters approve and 13% (down 8%) disapprove.

By gender – men 42% approve/49% disapprove, women 37% approve/50% disapprove. In net terms this represents a shift with men from -9 to -7 and with women from -22 to -13.

Better Prime Minister

May 13, 2013

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

 

5 Jul 2010

14 June

2011

12 Dec

12 Jun 2012

10 Dec

14 Jan 2013

11 Feb

11 Mar

15 Apr

13 May

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Julia Gillard

53%

41%

39%

37%

43%

42%

39%

39%

37%

39%

86%

2%

76%

Tony Abbott

26%

36%

35%

37%

34%

33%

37%

39%

39%

41%

3%

84%

2%

Don’t know

21%

24%

26%

26%

23%

24%

24%

22%

24%

20%

11%

13%

22%

39% (up 2%) believe Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 41% (up 2%) prefer Tony Abbott.

Men prefer Tony Abbott 44%/35% and women prefer Julia Gillard 43%/38%.

Better Prime Minister

Apr 15, 2013

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

 

5
Jul
10

14 June

12 Dec

12 Mar 12

12 Jun

10 Sept

10 Dec

14
Jan
13

11 Feb

11 Mar

15
Apr

Vote ALP

Vote Lib

Vote Greens

Julia Gillard

53%

41%

39%

40%

37%

40%

43%

42%

39%

39%

37%

81%

6%

62%

Tony Abbott

26%

36%

35%

37%

37%

37%

34%

33%

37%

39%

39%

6%

78%

6%

Don’t know

21%

24%

26%

23%

26%

24%

23%

24%

24%

22%

24%

13%

16%

32%

37% (down 2%) believe Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 39% (no change) prefer Tony Abbott. This is the first time since August 2012 that Tony Abbott has been preferred over Julia Gillard.

Men prefer Tony Abbott 42%/36% and women prefer Julia Gillard 38%/36%.

Leader attributes – Tony Abbott

Apr 2, 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

2
Apr
13

Change

Hard-working

76%

78%

72%

75%

68%

67%

70%

70%

Intelligent

70%

71%

64%

61%

56%

62%

64%

63%

-1%

Arrogant

59%

60%

58%

60%

61%

63%

61%

56%

-5%

Narrow-minded

56%

53%

51%

54%

54%

59%

56%

53%

-3%

Out of touch with ordinary people

57%

53%

54%

57%

54%

57%

54%

52%

-2%

Understands the problems facing Australia

50%

53%

50%

48%

49%

43%

47%

49%

+2%

Superficial

45%

49%

49%

51%

48%

49%

+1%

Aggressive

59%

55%

49%

-6%

Intolerant

53%

49%

48%

-1%

A capable leader

47%

52%

48%

45%

41%

37%

43%

47%

+4%

Erratic

51%

51%

45%

-6%

Good in a crisis

40%

42%

41%

40%

36%

35%

39%

44%

+5%

Visionary

32%

31%

27%

27%

26%

29%

28%

37%

+9%

More honest than most politicians

33%

32%

31%

32%

30%

27%

29%

36%

+7%

Trustworthy

33%

35%

34%

32%

32%

30%

33%

36%

+3%

Tony Abbott’s key attributes were hard-working (70%), intelligent (63%), arrogant (56%), narrow-minded (53%) and out of touch with ordinary people (52%).

Since January the major shifts have been for visionary (+9%), more honest than most politicians (+7%), erratic (-6%), aggressive (-6%), arrogant (-5%) and good in a crisis (+5%).

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