Essential Report

Approval of the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd

May 31, 2010

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

  30 Mar 09 29 Jun 09 28 Sept 09 30 Nov 09 14 Dec 09 18 Jan 10 22 Feb 10 29 Mar 10 3 May 10 31 May 10
Strongly approve 21% 14% 15% 9% 10% 11% 11% 12% 8% 7%
Approve 50% 48% 51% 47% 47% 44% 41% 41% 38% 34%
Disapprove 14% 18% 17% 20% 20% 19% 20% 22% 25% 25%
Strongly disapprove 7% 9% 6% 15% 12% 14% 17% 14% 17% 22%
Don’t know 9% 11% 11% 10% 10% 12% 11% 12% 12% 12%
Total approve 71% 62% 66% 56% 57% 55% 52% 53% 46% 41%
Total disapprove 21% 29% 23% 35% 32% 33% 37% 36% 42% 47%

 Kevin Rudd’s net approval rating has fallen to a net negative for the first time since he became Prime Minister. 41% approve (down 5%) of the job Kevin Rudd is doing as Prime Minister and 47% disapprove (up 5%).

 89% of Labor voters approve and 87% of Liberal/National voters disapprove. Greens voters are split 48% approve/45% disapprove.

 Younger people are more likely to approve of Kevin Rudd’s performance than older people. Those aged under 35 were net positive (45% approve/33% disapprove) and those aged 55+ strongly negative (31% approve/64% disapprove).

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