Essential Report

Approval of the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd

Feb 22, 2010

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

  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 17% 21% 14% 14% 13% 15% 14% 9% 10% 11% 11%
Approve 50% 50% 48% 48% 47% 51% 47% 47% 47% 44% 41%
Disapprove 15% 14% 18% 18% 17% 17% 19% 20% 20% 19% 20%
Strongly disapprove 8% 7% 11% 9% 10% 6% 13% 15% 12% 14% 17%
Don’t know 9% 9% 9% 11% 12% 11% 8% 10% 10% 12% 11%
Total approve 67% 71% 62% 62% 60% 66% 61% 56% 57% 55% 52%
Total disapprove 23% 21% 29% 29% 27% 23% 32% 35% 32% 33% 37%

 Just over half (52%) of those surveyed approve of the job Kevin Rudd is doing as Prime Minister, 37% disapprove and 11% don’t know.  This gives Kevin Rudd a net approval rating of +15%. 

 Rudd has the lowest approval rating and the highest disapproval rating that has been reported in the Essential Report since we began asking this question in 2008.

 Results followed party lines – Labor voters were more likely to approve of the job Rudd is doing (92%), while Coalition voters were more likely to disapprove (78%).  17% of Coalition voters approve of the job Rudd is doing as Prime Minister.

 59% of Green voters approve of the job Rudd is doing, while 30% of these same voters disapprove. 

 People aged 18 – 24 were more likely to approve of the job Rudd is doing (59%), while people aged 65 years and over were more likely to disapprove (59%). 

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