Q. How would you rate the different Federal Governments Australia has had over the last 10 years? Please rank them 1 to 4 from best to worst, where 1 is the best Government, 2 the second best, 3 the third and 4 the worst.
|1st||2nd||3rd||4th||1st Vote Labor||1st Vote Lib/Nat||1st Vote Greens||1st Vote other|
|Kevin Rudd’s (first) Labor Government||32%||27%||22%||19%||52%||8%||51%||30%|
|Julia Gillard’s Labor Government||22%||28%||26%||24%||38%||6%||36%||19%|
|Tony Abbott’s Coalition Government||20%||22%||21%||37%||5%||31%||2%||34%|
|Malcolm Turnbull’s Coalition Government||26%||23%||31%||20%||6%||55%||11%||17%|
Note – based on the 771 respondents who answered the question.
32% thought Kevin Rudd’s Labor Government was Australia’s best Government over the last 10 years, 26% selected the Turnbull Coalition Government and 22% Julia Gillard’s Labor Government. 20% thought Tony Abbott’s Coalition Government was the best – and 37% believed it was the worst. 25% of respondents said “don’t know” and these have been excluded from these figures.
Opinions mainly follow party preferences, 90% of Labor voters selected a Labor Government and 86% of Liberal/National voters selected a Coalition Government. Greens voters preferred Labor Governments, while other party voters were divided – 34% preferred Tony Abbott’s Coalition Government and 30% selected Kevin Rudd’s Labor Government.
On a head-to-head basis –
57% rank Kevin Rudd ahead of Julia Gillard, 60% rank him ahead of Tony Abbott and 55% rank him better than Malcolm Turnbull.
54% rank Julia Gillard ahead of Tony Abbott and 51% rank her better than Malcolm Turnbull.
61% rank Malcolm Turnbull ahead of Tony Abbott.
Read Essential's ongoing research on the public response to Covid-19.Download this week's Report
Two Party Preferred:
In this week's report:
- Performance of Scott Morrison
- Performance of Anthony Albanese
- Preferred Prime Minister
- Top Federal Government priorities for 2021
- Uptake of a Covid-19 vaccine
- Perceptions of change in the standard of living for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
- Changing views towards Australia Day
- Support towards a separate national day