Essential Report

Attributes to describe the Prime Minister

Jul 5, 2010

Q.  Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard?

Kevin Rudd Julia Gillard
10 May 10 5 Jul 10 Difference
Intelligent 73% 87% +14
Hard-working 76% 89% +13
A capable leader 55% 72% +17
Demanding 69% 58% -11
Arrogant 57% 37% -20
Out of touch with ordinary people 55% 35% -20
Understands the problems facing Australia 53% 68% +15
Visionary 37% 48% +11
Superficial 52% 35% -17
Good in a crisis 44% 61% +17
Narrow-minded 43% 28% -15
Down to earth 47% 68% +21
Too inflexible 45% 26% -19
Complacent 38% 27% -11
More honest than most politicians 39% 45% +6
Trustworthy 41% 49% +8

Julia Gillard’s key attributes are – intelligent, hard-working, a capable leader, understands the problems facing Australia and down to earth.

Compared to the previous measures for Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard scores considerably higher on positive attributes – especially down to earth (+21), and a capable leader (+17) – and considerably lower on out of touch (-20), arrogant (-20) and too inflexible (-19).

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