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Important leadership characteristics

Mar 28, 2017

Q. Which of the following are the most important characteristics you would want to see in Australia’s political leaders? (select up to 3)

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other
Accountable 66%   61% 66% 65% 74%
Realistic 56%   56% 57% 39% 57%
Ethical 49%   47% 47% 72% 43%
Level headed 32%   34% 35% 20% 34%
Objective 25%   20% 31% 21% 25%
Collaborative 21%   26% 16% 32% 13%
Modest 10%   10% 8% 8% 12%
Curious 5%   7% 5% 9% 1%
Humorous 4%   3% 4% 3% 5%

The most important characteristics for Australia’s political leaders were considered to be accountable (66%), realistic (56%) and ethical (49%).

Greens voters were more likely to select “ethical” (72%) and other voters more likely to want leaders to be “accountable” (74%).

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