Trustworthiness of Leaders

May 24, 2010

Q. Do you think the Opposition leader Tony Abbott is more or less trustworthy than the average Australian political leader?Q. And do you think the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is more or less trustworthy than the average Australian political leader?

  Tony Abbott Kevin Rudd
Total more trustworthy 20% 19%
Total less trustworthy 32% 34%
A lot more trustworthy 8% 4%
A little more trustworthy 12% 15%
About the same 40% 41%
A little less trustworthy 10% 13%
A lot less trustworthy 22% 21%
Don’t know 9% 5%

Perceptions of trustworthiness were similar for the two leaders  – both net negative.

20% believe Tony Abbott to be more trustworthy than the average compared to 32% less trustworthy. For Kevin Rudd the results were 19% more trustworthy and 34% less trustworthy.

47% of Coalition voters think Tony Abbott is more trustworthy and 56% of Labor voters think he is less trustworthy. For Kevin Rudd 40% of Labor voters think he is more trustworthy and 69% of Coalition voters think he is less trustworthy.

Greens voters tend to think Tony Abbott is less trustworthy (55%) and are split on Kevin Rudd (24% more/25% less).