Leader Attributes – Comparisons

Apr 15, 2014
 

Abbott

Shorten

 

Difference

Arrogant

58%

40%

+18

Narrow-minded

56%

39%

+17

Intolerant

47%

32%

+15

Aggressive

45%

31%

+14

Out of touch with ordinary people

56%

44%

+12

More honest than most politicians

37%

26%

+11

Good in a crisis

45%

36%

+9

A capable leader

50%

42%

+8

Trustworthy

40%

32%

+8

Superficial

50%

43%

+7

Erratic

43%

37%

+6

Hard-working

66%

60%

+6

Visionary

34%

28%

+6

Understands the problems facing Australia

48%

44%

+4

Intelligent

59%

63%

-4

Compared to Bill Shorten, Tony Abbott is much more likely to be considered arrogant (+18), narrow minded (+17), intolerant (+15), aggressive (+14), out of touch with ordinary people (+12) and more honest than most politicians (+11).

Bill Shorten is regarded by more slightly respondents to be intelligent (-4).

Note that Bill Shorten’s ratings are mostly lower than those of Tony Abbott on both positive and negative attributes – presumably because he is less well known.

Approval of Tony Abbott

Apr 8, 2014

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

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/

indep-endent

Tony Abbott as Opp. Leader

2 Sep 13

Tony Abbott as PM

24 Sep

12 Nov

14
Jan
14

11 Feb

11 Mar

Total approve

41%

11%

84%

12%

32%

40%

41%

45%

47%

41%

40%

Total disapprove

47%

84%

7%

76%

55%

49%

36%

40%

43%

47%

47%

Strongly approve

13%

3%

30%

-

5%

13%

14%

14%

13%

12%

11%

Approve

28%

8%

54%

12%

27%

27%

27%

31%

34%

29%

29%

Disapprove

17%

27%

5%

21%

23%

19%

13%

19%

18%

19%

20%

Strongly disapprove

30%

57%

2%

55%

32%

30%

23%

21%

25%

28%

27%

Don’t know

12%

6%

9%

12%

12%

10%

23%

16%

11%

12%

12%

 

41% (up 1%) approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Prime Minister and 47% (no change) disapprove. This represents little change in his rating as Prime Minister over the last four weeks – from net -7 to net -6.

By gender – 49% (up 5%) of men approve and 43% (down 3%) disapprove; 34% (down 3%) of women approve and 50% (up 1%) disapprove.

Better Prime Minister

Apr 8, 2014

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

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/

indep-endent

 

22 Oct 2013

12 Nov

14 Jan 2014

11 Feb

11 Mar

Tony Abbott

42%

9%

88%

14%

29%

41%

42%

42%

40%

39%

Bill Shorten

32%

67%

3%

54%

23%

22%

27%

31%

30%

33%

Don’t know

26%

25%

8%

31%

49%

37%

31%

27%

31%

28%

42%  (up 3%) think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister and 32% (down 1%) favour Bill Shorten. 26% could not make a choice.

Tony Abbott is favoured 47%/29% among men and 37%/34% among women.

Approval of Tony Abbott

Mar 11, 2014

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

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/

indep-endent

Tony Abbott as Opposition Leader

2 Sep 13

Tony Abbott as Prime Minister

24 Sep

10 Dec

14 Jan 2014

11 Feb

Total approve

40%

11%

83%

13%

30%

40%

41%

45%

47%

41%

Total disapprove

47%

84%

6%

81%

54%

49%

36%

46%

43%

47%

Strongly approve

11%

2%

27%

2%

2%

13%

14%

12%

13%

12%

Approve

29%

9%

56%

11%

28%

27%

27%

33%

34%

29%

Disapprove

20%

31%

6%

17%

29%

19%

13%

20%

18%

19%

Strongly disapprove

27%

53%

*

64%

25%

30%

23%

26%

25%

28%

Don’t know

12%

6%

11%

6%

16%

10%

23%

9%

11%

12%

40% (down 1%) approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Prime Minister and 47% (no change) disapprove. This represents little change in his rating as Prime Minister over the last four weeks – from net -6 to net -7.

By gender – 44% (down 1%) of men approve and 46% (down 1%) disapprove; 37% (down 1%) of women approve and 49% (up 2%) disapprove.

Better Prime Minister

Mar 11, 2014

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

 

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/

indep-endent

22 Oct 2013

12 Nov

10 Dec

14 Jan 2014

11 Feb

Tony Abbott

39%

6%

83%

12%

28%

41%

42%

43%

42%

40%

Bill Shorten

33%

67%

2%

58%

30%

22%

27%

33%

31%

30%

Don’t know

28%

27%

15%

29%

42%

37%

31%

24%

27%

31%

39%  (down 1%) think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister and 33% (up 3%) favour Bill Shorten. 28% could not make a choice.

Tony Abbott is favoured 41%/35% among men and 36%/31% among women.

Better Prime Minister

Feb 11, 2014

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

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/

indep-endent

 

22 Oct 2013

12 Nov

10 Dec

14 Jan 2014

Tony Abbott

40%

9%

83%

14%

17%

41%

42%

43%

42%

Bill Shorten

30%

64%

1%

50%

22%

22%

27%

33%

31%

Don’t know

31%

26%

16%

36%

60%

37%

31%

24%

27%

40%  (down 2%) think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister and 30% (down 1%) favour Bill Shorten. 31% (up 4%) could not make a choice.

Tony Abbott is favoured 43%/29% among men and 36%/30% among women.

Approval of Tony Abbott

Dec 10, 2013

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

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/

indep-endent

 

Tony Abbott as Opposition Leader

2 Sep

Tony Abbott as Prime Minister

24 Sep

22
Oct

12
Nov

Total approve

45%

 

10%

89%

9%

33%

 

40%

41%

46%

45%

Total disapprove

46%

 

84%

5%

85%

47%

 

49%

36%

35%

40%

Strongly approve

12%

3%

27%

-

3%

13%

14%

16%

14%

Approve

33%

7%

62%

9%

30%

27%

27%

30%

31%

Disapprove

20%

34%

5%

19%

23%

19%

13%

15%

19%

Strongly disapprove

26%

50%

*

66%

24%

30%

23%

20%

21%

Don’t know

9%

6%

6%

5%

15%

10%

23%

19%

16%

45% (no change) approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Prime Minister and 46% (up 6%) disapprove. This represents a decline on his rating as Prime Minister over the last four weeks from net +5 to net -1.

By gender – 50% (no change) of men approve and 43% (up 5%) disapprove; 41% (up 2%) of women approve and 49% (up 7%) disapprove.

Better Prime Minister

Dec 10, 2013

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

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/

indep-endent

 

22 Oct

12 Nov

Tony Abbott

43%

7%

86%

4%

42%

41%

42%

Bill Shorten

33%

68%

4%

62%

20%

22%

27%

Don’t know

24%

24%

10%

34%

38%

37%

31%

43%  (up 1%) think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister and 33% (up 6%) favour Bill Shorten. 24% (down 7%) could not make a choice.

Tony Abbott is favoured 48%/31% among men and 38%/35% among women.

Trust in the Government’s handling of international relations

Nov 26, 2013

Q. How much trust do you have in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations?

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

9 Oct 13

A lot of trust

20%

4%

44%

1%

6%

18%

Some trust

21%

8%

37%

4%

16%

23%

A little trust

18%

18%

13%

24%

31%

16%

No trust

35%

64%

3%

67%

41%

37%

Don’t know

7%

7%

3%

4%

5%

7%

20% of people have “a lot of trust” in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations.

35% have no trust.

Labor (64%) and Greens (67%) voters were far more likely to have ‘no trust’. Liberal/National voters were far less likely (3%) to have no trust. 44% of Liberal/National voters have “a lot of trust”.

These results have changed little since this question was asked in October.

 

Handling relations with Indonesia

Nov 26, 2013

Q. How would you rate the performance of Tony Abbott and the Coalition Government in handling relations with Indonesia?

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total good

29%

7%

58%

3%

12%

Total poor

42%

71%

11%

73%

53%

Very good

11%

1%

25%

2%

1%

Good

18%

6%

33%

1%

11%

Neither good nor poor

21%

18%

24%

16%

23%

Poor

16%

22%

7%

22%

29%

Very poor

26%

49%

4%

51%

24%

Don’t know

8%

4%

6%

8%

12%

29% rate the performance of Tony Abbott and the Coalition Government in handling relations with Indonesia as good and 42% think it has been poor.

71% of Labor voters and 73% of Greens voters think it has been poor while 58% of Liberal/National voters think it has been good.

Government performance

Nov 26, 2013

Q. Overall, would you say that the performance of Tony Abbott and the Coalition Government has been better or worse than you expected or has it been about what you expected?

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Total better

18%

7%

34%

6%

4%

Total worse

27%

51%

5%

45%

35%

Much better than expected

6%

1%

13%

-

1%

Somewhat better than expected

12%

6%

21%

6%

3%

About what expected

47%

34%

59%

43%

52%

Somewhat worse than expected

14%

25%

4%

22%

17%

Much worse than expected

13%

26%

1%

23%

18%

Don’t know

8%

6%

2%

6%

9%

18% think that the performance of Tony Abbott and the Coalition Government has been better than expected, 27% say it is worse than expected and 47% think it is about what they expected.

 

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