Essential Report

Best Government in last 10 years

Aug 29, 2017

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.

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