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%.

Approval of Kevin Rudd

Aug 13, 2013

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Kevin Rudd is doing as Prime Minister?

 

Julia Gillard

11 Jun 13

 

Kevin Rudd

15 Jul

 

Kevin Rudd

13 Aug

Total approve

37%

50%

45%

Total disapprove

54%

35%

43%

Strongly approve

10%

18%

11%

Approve

27%

32%

34%

Disapprove

21%

15%

21%

Strongly disapprove

33%

20%

22%

Don’t know

9%

16%

12%

Kevin Rudd’s approval ratings have fallen since last measured 4 weeks ago. 45% (down 5%) approve of the job Kevin Rudd is doing as Prime Minister and 43% (up 8%) disapprove – a change in net rating from +15 to +2.

88% of Labor voters approve (up 3%) and 6% disapprove (up 2%).

By gender – men 49% approve/43% disapprove, women 42% approve/43% disapprove.  In net terms this represents a shift with men from +19 to +6 and with women from +10 to -1.

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%).

Approval of asylum seeker policy

Jul 29, 2013

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the announcement by the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, that all asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat will be sent to New Guinea for processing and none will be resettled in Australia?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total approve

61%

75%

58%

32%

Total disapprove

28%

16%

32%

62%

Strongly approve

30%

45%

24%

7%

Approve

31%

30%

34%

25%

Disapprove

14%

10%

14%

31%

Strongly disapprove

14%

6%

18%

31%

Don’t know

11%

9%

10%

7%

61% approve of the announcement that all asylum seekers arriving in Australia by boat will be sent to New Guinea for processing and none will be resettled in Australia and 28% disapprove.

75% of Labor voters and 58% of Liberal/National voters approve but 62% of Greens voters disapprove. A majority of all demographic groups approved – those most likely to disapprove were respondents with university degrees (54% approve/35% disapprove).

Of those who think the asylum seeker issue is one of or the most important election issue, 71% approve and 25% disapprove.

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%.

Election of Labor Party leader

Jul 15, 2013

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of Kevin Rudd’s proposal for the leader of the Labor Party to be elected by both the Members of Parliament and the party members?

 

 

Total

 

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total approve

56%

73%

45%

64%

Total disapprove

19%

9%

30%

11%

Strongly approve

18%

33%

7%

29%

Approve

38%

40%

38%

35%

Disapprove

11%

8%

14%

7%

Strongly disapprove

8%

1%

16%

4%

Don’t know

25%

18%

25%

25%

56% approve of Kevin Rudd’s proposal for election of the party leader and 19% disapprove. 73% of Labor voters approve.

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).

Labor Party more or less united

Jul 8, 2013

Q. Do you think that following the election of Kevin Rudd as leader, the Labor Party will be more united, less united or will it make no difference?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total more united

49%

75%

33%

56%

Total less united

14%

5%

21%

10%

Much more united

17%

33%

9%

10%

A little more united

32%

42%

24%

46%

A little less united

7%

4%

10%

4%

Much less united

7%

1%

11%

6%

Make no difference

27%

11%

40%

28%

Don’t know

10%

7%

6%

6%

49% think that the Labor Party will be more united under Kevin Rudd’s leadership and 14% think it will be less united. 27% think it will make no difference.

57% of men think it will be more united compared to 41% of women.

Approval of Kevin Rudd replacing Julia Gillard

Jul 1, 2013

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of Kevin Rudd replacing Julia Gillard as leader of the Labor Party?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Total approve

55%

77%

40%

48%

Total disapprove

31%

13%

49%

37%

Strongly approve

24%

45%

12%

8%

Approve

31%

32%

28%

40%

Disapprove

15%

8%

22%

23%

Strongly disapprove

16%

5%

27%

14%

Don’t know

14%

10%

12%

16%

55% approve Kevin Rudd replacing Julia Gillard as leader of the Labor Party and 31% disapprove.

77% of Labor voters approve and 13% disapprove.

63% of men approve and 27% disapprove compared to 46% of women approve and 36% disapprove.

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