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Jul 19, 2010
Essential Research

Party best at Handling Issues

Q. And which party would you trust most to handle the following issues?

  Labor Liberal Greens Don’t know
A fair industrial relations system 45% 24% 5% 26%
Ensuring a quality education for all children 41% 25% 4% 29%
Australian jobs and protection of local industries 42% 28% 3% 27%
Ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system  38% 27% 4% 31%
Ensuring a fair taxation system 36% 28% 4% 32%
Housing affordability 30% 24% 4% 41%
Political leadership 33% 30% 5% 33%
Ensuring a quality water supply 23% 23% 22% 32%
Managing population growth 24% 27% 9% 40%
Security and the war on terrorism 25% 30% 3% 42%
Management of the economy 32% 38% 3% 27%
Treatment of asylum seekers 23% 29% 11% 37%
Controlling interest rates 28% 35% 2% 35%
Addressing climate change 18% 16% 36% 29%
Protecting the environment 17% 13% 47% 23%

 Labor have a substantial lead over the Liberal Party as the best party to handle a fair industrial relations system (+21%), quality education for all (+16%), Australian jobs and protection of industries (+14%) and ensuring the quality of Australia’s health system (+11%).

 The Liberal Party’s main strengths were controlling interest rates (+7%), treatment of asylum seekers (+6%) and management of the economy  (+6%).

The Greens were thought to be the best party for protecting the environment (47%) and addressing climate change (36%). (more…)

Jul 5, 2010
Essential Research

Attributes to describe the Prime Minister

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). (more…)

Jul 5, 2010
Essential Research

Attributes to describe the Opposition Leader

Q.  Which of the following describe your opinion of the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott?

7 Dec 09 10 May 10 5 Jul 10 Change
Intelligent 71% 72% 70% -2
Hard-working 69% 71% 76% +5
A capable leader 46% 50% 47% -3
Demanding 53% 52% 53% +1
Arrogant 53% 54% 59% +5
Out of touch with ordinary people 53% 51% 57% +6
Understands the problems facing Australia 46% 49% 50% +1
Visionary 34% 35% 32% -3
Superficial 42% 44% 45% +1
Good in a crisis 39% 40% 40%
Narrow-minded 52% 53% 56% +3
Down to earth 46% 50% 47% -3
Too inflexible 45% 47% 45% -2
Complacent 31% 30% 34% +4
More honest than most politicians 31% 33% 33%
Trustworthy 36% 39% 33% -6

*Not asked in June 2009 poll

Tony Abbott’s key attributes are hardworking (76%) and intelligent (70%).

There have been few substantial changes since this question was last asked – the main differences being hardworking (up 5%), arrogant (up 5%), out of touch (up 6%) and trustworthy (down 6%). (more…)

Jul 5, 2010
Essential Research

Comparison of Leader Attributes

Julia Gillard Tony Abbott Difference
Intelligent 87% 70% +17
Hard-working 89% 76% +13
A capable leader 72% 47% +25
Demanding 58% 53% +5
Arrogant 37% 59% -22
Out of touch with ordinary people 35% 57% -22
Understands the problems facing Australia 68% 50% +18
Visionary 48% 32% +16
Superficial 35% 45% -10
Good in a crisis 61% 40% +21
Narrow-minded 28% 56% -28
Down to earth 68% 47% +21
Too inflexible 26% 45% -19
Complacent 27% 34% +13
More honest than most politicians 45% 33% +12
Trustworthy 49% 33% +16

Julia Gillard is rated substantially higher than Tony Abbott on all positive attributes and lower on negative attributes.

The largest differences are in terms of narrow-minded (-28%), a capable leader (+25%) and arrogant (-22%).

Jun 25, 2010
Essential Research

Essential: the polling slide that evicted Rudd from the Lodge

First Published on Crikey Thursday 24th June

Essential Reports polls taken over the last 2 years show how Kevin Rudd’s approval ratings have declined since he almost unprecedented figures he achieved following his election through to early last year. Up to March last year approval hovered around the high 60% level into the low 70%.  Is net approval (i.e. approve minus disapprove) was around the mid 40% level.

Throughout 2009 and early 2010 his approval went into steady decline but still remained in positive territory. At the end of March he recorded 53% approval and 36% disapproval. However, the most dramatic shift occurred in April and May when his approval first entered negative territory with 41% approve and 47% disapprove. The decline appeared to be accelerating.

Some of the reasons for this sudden decline can be found in how the personal perceptions of Kevin Rudd changed from 2009 to May this year.  His attribute ratings showed significant falls in the percentage of people who considered him to be a capable leader (72% to 55%), good in a crisis (60%-44%) and trustworthy (51%-41%). Meanwhile his ratings for “out of touch with ordinary people” increased from 41% to 55%. It indicates a significant loss of confidence in his performance as Prime Minister.

Last week’s Essential Report showed only weak support for Kevin Rudd to lead the Labor Party to the next election – 40% thought the Labor Party would have better chance of winning the election if they changed leader and 37% thought Kevin Rudd was the best person to lead the labor Party. Even among Labor voters only 66% supported Kevin Rudd as leader and 23% though they should change. (more…)

May 10, 2010
Essential Research

Attributes to describe the Prime Minister

Q.  Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd?

  29 June 09 7 Dec 09 10 May 10 Change
Intelligent 84% 82% 73% -9%
Hard-working 83% 77% 76% -1%
A capable leader 72% 69% 55% -14%
Demanding 67% 60% 69% +9%
Arrogant 46% 49% 57% +8%
Out of touch with ordinary people 41% 45% 55% +10%
Understands the problems facing Australia 67% 59% 53% -6%
Visionary 49% 48% 37% -11%
Superficial 40% 41% 52% +11%
Good in a crisis 60% 58% 44% -14%
Narrow-minded 32% 36% 43% +7%
Down to earth 56% 55% 47% -8%
Too inflexible 32% 38% 45% +7%
Complacent 28% 38% 38%
More honest than most politicians 47% 49% 39% -10%
Trustworthy * 51% 41% -10%

*Not asked in June 2009

 Most people consider Rudd hard working (76%), intelligent (73%) and demanding (69%). 

 Since this question was last asked in December 2009, Kevin Rudd has lost points on most positive qualities including being a capable leader 

(-14%), good in a crisis (-14%), visionary (-11%) and trustworthy (-10%). His ratings have increased significantly in terms of being superficial (+11) and out of touch with ordinary people (+10%). (more…)

May 10, 2010
Essential Research

Attributes to describe the Opposition Leader

Q.  Which of the following describe your opinion of the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott?

  7 Dec 09 10 May 10 Change
Intelligent 71% 72% +1%
Hard-working 69% 71% +2%
A capable leader 46% 50% +4%
Demanding 53% 52% -1%
Arrogant 53% 54% +1%
Out of touch with ordinary people 53% 51% -2%
Understands the problems facing Australia 46% 49% +3%
Visionary 34% 35% +1%
Superficial 42% 44% +2%
Good in a crisis 39% 40% +1%
Narrow-minded 52% 53% +1%
Down to earth 46% 50% +4%
Too inflexible 45% 47% +2%
Complacent 31% 30% -1%
More honest than most politicians 31% 33% +2%
Trustworthy 36% 39% +3%

*Not asked in June 2009 poll

When it comes to rating Tony Abbott, most people think he is intelligent (72%) and hard-working (71%), yet arrogant (54%), narrow-minded (53%) and demanding (52%).   

There were few substantial changes Tony Abbott’s ratings compared to the December 2009 results. His rating for being a capable leader improved 4% to 50%, as did his rating for being down to earth.

May 10, 2010
Essential Research

Comparison of Leader Attributes

Q.  Which of the following describe your opinion of the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott?

  Kevin Rudd Tony Abbott Difference
Intelligent 73% 72% +1%
Hard-working 76% 71% +5%
A capable leader 55% 50% +5%
Demanding 69% 52% +17%
Arrogant 57% 54% +3%
Out of touch with ordinary people 55% 51% +4%
Understands the problems facing Australia 53% 49% +4%
Visionary 37% 35% +2%
Superficial 52% 44% +8%
Good in a crisis 44% 40% +4%
Narrow-minded 43% 53% -10%
Down to earth 47% 50% -3%
Too inflexible 45% 47% -2%
Complacent 38% 30% -8%
More honest than most politicians 39% 33% +6%
Trustworthy 41% 39% +2%

 Kevin Rudd has only slightly better ratings than Tony Abbott across key positive attributes such as hard-working (+5%), a capable leader (+5%) and trustworthy (+2%).

The main differences were that Kevin Rudd is perceived as more demanding (69%/52%), less narrow-minded (43%/53%), more superficial (52%/44%) and more complacent (38%/30%). (more…)

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