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%).

The past year – politicians

Dec 17, 2012

Q. Has it been a good or bad year for each of the following politicians?

 

Total good

(Dec 10)

Total bad

(Dec 10)

Total good

(Dec 11)

Total bad

(Dec 11)

Total good

(Dec 12)

Total bad

(Dec 12)

Very good

Good

Neither good nor
bad

Bad

Very bad

Don’t know

Julia Gillard

49%

25%

21%

57%

19%

57%

6%

13%

18%

29%

28%

4%

Tony Abbott

30%

33%

21%

38%

15%

52%

4%

11%

29%

31%

21%

5%

 

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

 

Total good

Total bad

Total good

Total bad

Total good

Total bad

Total good

Total bad

Julia Gillard

19%

57%

43%

32%

5%

82%

29%

48%

Tony Abbott

15%

52%

5%

75%

27%

31%

4%

78%

19% thought Julia Gillard had a good year in 2012 and 15% thought Tony Abbott had a good year. 2012 was considered similar to 2011 for Julia Gillard (going from net -36 to net -38) but a substantially worse year for Tony Abbott (going from net -17 to net -37).

Among their own voters 43% (up 2%) thought Julia Gillard had a good year and 27% (down 12%) thought Tony Abbott has had a good year.

Better Prime Minister

Dec 10, 2012

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

 

5
Jul 10

14 Mar 11

14 June

12 Sept

12 Dec

12 Mar 12

12 Jun

10 Sept

15 Oct

12 Nov

10 Dec

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Julia Gillard

53%

44%

41%

36%

39%

40%

37%

40%

43%

45%

43%

92%

6%

80%

Tony Abbott

26%

33%

36%

40%

35%

37%

37%

37%

36%

32%

34%

4%

71%

1%

Don’t know

21%

23%

24%

24%

26%

23%

26%

24%

20%

23%

23%

5%

23%

19%

43% (down 2%) believe Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 34% (up 2%) prefer Tony Abbott.

Men prefer Julia Gillard 40%/39% and women prefer Julia Gillard 46%/29%. Compared to last month’s figures, Julia Gillard’s margin over Tony Abbott has dropped 3 points among men (from 40%/36%) and 4 points among women (from 49%/28%).

Leaders positions on asylum seekers

Dec 3, 2012

Q. Regardless of how you vote, what words would you use to describe the positions taken by Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott on the issue of asylum seekers? Choose as many that you think apply.

 

17 Oct 2011

3 Dec 2012

 

Julia Gillard

Tony Abbott

Julia Gillard

Tony Abbott

Difference

Just playing politics

46%

47%

39%

42%

-3

Too soft

21%

7%

32%

9%

+23

Stubborn

26%

20%

13%

17%

-4

Populist

13%

14%

13%

11%

+2

Fair

10%

15%

10%

13%

-3

Responsible

11%

16%

9%

14%

-5

Unethical

24%

14%

9%

13%

-4

Balanced

7%

11%

7%

10%

-3

Too hard

10%

6%

6%

11%

-5

Cruel

13%

9%

5%

11%

-6

Principled

6%

11%

5%

8%

-3

Visionary

6%

5%

2%

4%

-2

The most common descriptor for both Julia Gillard (39%) and Tony Abbott (42%) was that they are “just playing politics” over the issue of asylum seekers.

The main difference between the leaders positions on asylum seekers was that Julia Gillard was more likely to be considered “too soft” (32% to 9%).

Since this question was asked in October last year, the proportion describe Julia Gillard’s position as too soft has increased by 11%, stubborn decreased by 13%, unethical decreased by 15% and cruel decreased by 8%. Opinions of Tony Abbott’s position have remained much the same.

Better Prime Minister

Nov 12, 2012

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

 

5 Jul 2010

14 Mar 2011

14 June

12 Sept

12 Dec

12 Mar 2012

12 Jun

10 Sept

15 Oct

12 Nov

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Julia Gillard

53%

44%

41%

36%

39%

40%

37%

40%

43%

45%

86%

6%

81%

Tony Abbott

26%

33%

36%

40%

35%

37%

37%

37%

36%

32%

4%

71%

4%

Don’t know

21%

23%

24%

24%

26%

23%

26%

24%

20%

23%

10%

23%

15%

45% (up 2%) believe Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 32% (down 4%) prefer Tony Abbott. This is Julia Gillard’s best result since February 2011.

Men prefer Julia Gillard 40%/36% and women prefer Julia Gillard 49%/28%. Compared to last month’s figures, Julia Gillard’s margin over Tony Abbott has changed 4 points in her favour among men (from 40%/40%) and 7 points among women (from 47%/33%).

Perceptions of Tony Abbott

Oct 16, 2012

Q. Thinking about the leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, please indicate yes or no for each of the following statements:

 

Total

Vote
Labor

Vote
Lib/Nat

Vote
Greens

Men

Women

Has the right temperament to be Prime Minister

42%

13%

77%

10%

44%

39%

Would be embarrassing as Prime Minister of Australia

50%

78%

19%

83%

49%

50%

Is someone that can effectively represent Australia’s interests

43%

11%

82%

8%

45%

40%

Will serve my interests as Prime Minister

39%

7%

81%

6%

42%

37%

Is too influenced by their religious beliefs

40%

62%

19%

73%

43%

38%

Is the best person to lead their party

33%

10%

62%

7%

36%

30%

Is someone that understands the challenges facing Australian women

39%

10%

74%

5%

42%

36%

Has good parental leave policies

44%

17%

76%

19%

45%

42%

Has difficulty controlling their aggression

44%

68%

19%

73%

45%

44%

Exactly half the respondents agree that Tony Abbott would be embarrassing as Prime Minister of Australia. On all other statements he scored less than 50%. His main negatives were that only 33% agree he is the best person to lead their party, 39% agree he will serve my interests as Prime Minister and 39% agree he is someone that understands the challenges facing Australian women.

The main differences by gender were on the statements that he is someone that understands the challenges facing Australian women (men 42%/women 36%), the best person to lead their party (36%/30%), has the right temperament to be Prime Minister (44%/39%), can effectively represent Australia’s interests (45%/40%), will serve my interests as Prime Minister (42%/37%) and too influenced by their religious beliefs (43%/38%). On each of these statements women scored Tony Abbott lower than men did.

Abbott vs Gillard

Oct 16, 2012
 

Tony Abbott

Julia
Gillard

 

Has the right temperament to be Prime Minister

42%

58%

Has the right temperament to be Prime Minister
Would be embarrassing as Prime Minister of Australia

50%

43%

Is embarrassing as Prime Minister of Australia
Is someone that can effectively represent Australia’s interests

43%

46%

Is someone that can effectively represent Australia’s interests
Will serve my interests as Prime Minister

39%

36%

Serves my interests as Prime Minister
Is too influenced by their religious beliefs

40%

16%

Is too influenced by their religious beliefs
Is the best person to lead their party

33%

36%

Is the best person to lead their party
Is someone that understands the challenges facing Australian women

39%

62%

Is someone that understands the challenges facing Australian women
Has good parental leave policies

44%

53%

Has good parental leave policies
Has difficulty controlling their aggression

44%

25%

Has difficulty controlling their aggression

The major perceived differences between the Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott were that Julia Gillard was more likely to be someone that “understands the challenges facing Australian women” (+23%), “has the right temperament to be Prime Minister” (+16%) and has “good parental leave policies” (+9%).

Tony Abbott was more likely to be associated with “too influenced by their religious beliefs” (+24%), “has difficulty controlling their aggression” (+19%) and “would be embarrassing as Prime Minister of Australia” (+7%).

Approval of Tony Abbott

Oct 15, 2012

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

 

18 Jan
10

5 Jul

 

20 Dec

14 Mar
11

14 Jun

12 Sep

12 Dec

12 Mar 12

12 Jun

16 Jul

13 Aug

10 Sep

15 Oct

Total approve

37%

37%

39%

38%

38%

39%

32%

36%

32%

35%

36%

32%

37%

Total disapprove

37%

47%

39%

47%

48%

50%

53%

52%

54%

53%

51%

55%

54%

Strongly approve

5%

8%

9%

7%

6%

8%

6%

7%

6%

7%

8%

6%

9%

Approve

32%

29%

30%

31%

32%

31%

26%

29%

26%

28%

28%

26%

28%

Disapprove

20%

23%

21%

24%

25%

23%

25%

23%

24%

23%

22%

26%

23%

Strongly disapprove

17%

24%

18%

23%

23%

27%

28%

29%

30%

30%

29%

29%

31%

Don’t know

26%

16%

22%

16%

15%

11%

14%

12%

13%

12%

13%

13%

9%

Tony Abbott’s approval rating has also improved over the last month. 37% (up 5%) approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader and 54% (down 1%) disapprove – a change in net rating from -23 to -17 over the last 5 weeks.

74% (up 11%) of Coalition voters approve and 22% (down 2%) disapprove.

By gender – men 39% approve/55% disapprove, women 35% approve/54% disapprove. In net terms this represents an improvement with men from -19 to -16 and with women from -26 to -19.