Essential Report

Approval of the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott

Feb 22, 2010

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

  Malcolm Turnbull Tony Abbott
9 Feb 09 30 Mar 09 18 May 09 29 Jun 09 10 Aug 09 28 Sept 09 9 Nov 09 30 Nov 09 14 Dec 09 18 Jan 10 22 Feb 10
Strongly approve 3% 3% 2% 4% 2% 3% 3% 2% 7% 5% 12%
Approve 29% 25% 28% 20% 20% 24% 26% 23% 27% 32% 33%
Disapprove 26% 31% 28% 31% 30% 35% 30% 33% 18% 20% 20%
Strongly disapprove 17% 17% 21% 26% 28% 18% 20% 22% 18% 17% 16%
Don’t know 24% 24% 21% 19% 20% 21% 20% 19% 31% 26% 18%
Total approve 32% 28% 30% 24% 22% 27% 29% 25% 34% 37% 45%
Total disapprove 43% 48% 49% 57% 58% 53% 50% 55% 36% 37% 36%

 Just under half (45%) of those surveyed approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader, 36% disapprove and 18% don’t know. This gives Tony Abbott a net approval rating of +9%.  

 This is the highest approval rating that has been recorded for Abbott in the Essential Report thus far and higher than Turnbull ever scored in our polling. 

 Results followed party lines – Coalition voters were more likely to approve of the job Abbott is doing (79%), while Labor voters were more likely to disapprove (58%).   28% of Labor voters approve of the job Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader. 

 68% of Green voters disapprove of the job Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader and 19% of these same voters approve.

 People aged 65 years and over were more likely to approve of the job Abbott is doing (68%), while younger voters were more likely to indicate they don’t know (37%). 

 Males were more likely than females to approve of the job Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader (47% v 43%). 

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