Essential Report

Leader Attributes – Julia Gillard

Jan 14, 2013

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

 

5 Jul 10

4 Oct 10

7 Feb 11

27 Jun 11

2 Apr 12

17 Sept 12

14 Jan 13

Change

Intelligent

87%

81%

75%

73%

61%

68%

72%

+4%

Hard-working

89%

82%

76%

75%

65%

69%

72%

+3%

A capable leader

72%

59%

52%

42%

38%

43%

50%

+7%

Arrogant

37%

39%

44%

48%

53%

46%

47%

+1%

Out of touch with ordinary people

35%

44%

50%

60%

65%

56%

53%

-3%

Understands the problems facing Australia

68%

55%

52%

44%

41%

43%

47%

+4%

Visionary

48%

38%

30%

26%

25%

31%

29%

-2%

Superficial

51%

52%

54%

46%

46%

Good in a crisis

61%

46%

46%

41%

36%

43%

50%

+7%

Narrow-minded

28%

35%

43%

46%

53%

46%

45%

-1%

More honest than most politicians

45%

37%

37%

29%

26%

31%

30%

-1%

Trustworthy

49%

42%

40%

30%

25%

30%

32%

+2%

Intolerant

37%

37%

Aggressive

42%

46%

+4%

Erratic

43%

40%

-3%

Gillard’s key attributes were hard-working (72%), intelligent (72%), out of touch with ordinary people (53%), a capable leader (50%) and good in a crisis (50%).    Almost all positive leader attributes for Gillard moved up from the last time the question was polled in September 2012.   The biggest shifts on the positive attributes were on a capable leader (+7%) and good in a crisis (+7%).

Leader Attributes – Tony Abbott

Jan 14, 2013

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

 

5 Jul 10

4 Oct 10

7 Feb 11

27 Jun 11

2 Apr 12

17 Sept 12

14 Jan 13

Change

Intelligent

70%

71%

64%

61%

56%

62%

64%

+2%

Hard-working

76%

78%

72%

75%

68%

67%

70%

+3%

A capable leader

47%

52%

48%

45%

41%

37%

43%

+6%

Arrogant

59%

60%

58%

60%

61%

63%

61%

-2%

Out of touch with ordinary people

57%

53%

54%

57%

54%

57%

54%

-3%

Understands the problems facing Australia

50%

53%

50%

48%

49%

43%

47%

+4%

Visionary

32%

31%

27%

27%

26%

29%

28%

-1%

Superficial

45%

49%

49%

51%

48%

-3%

Good in a crisis

40%

42%

41%

40%

36%

35%

39%

+4%

Narrow-minded

56%

53%

51%

54%

54%

59%

56%

-3%

More honest than most politicians

33%

32%

31%

32%

30%

27%

29%

+2%

Trustworthy

33%

35%

34%

32%

32%

30%

33%

+3%

Intolerant

53%

49%

-4%

Aggressive

59%

55%

-4%

Erratic

51%

51%

Abbott’s key attributes were hard-working (70%), intelligent (64%), arrogant (61%), narrow-minded (56%), aggressive (55%) and out of touch with ordinary people (54%).

Since September last year, Tony Abbott has improved his ratings a little on most positive attributes – the biggest shift being for a capable leader (+6%).

Leader attributes – comparisons

Jan 14, 2013
 

Gillard

Abbott

Difference

Intelligent

72%

64%

+8%

Hard-working

72%

70%

+2%

A capable leader

50%

43%

+7%

Arrogant

47%

61%

-14%

Out of touch with ordinary people

53%

54%

-1%

Understands the problems facing Australia

47%

47%

Visionary

29%

28%

+1%

Superficial

46%

48%

-2%

Good in a crisis

50%

39%

+11%

Narrow-minded

45%

56%

-11%

More honest than most politicians

30%

29%

+1%

Trustworthy

32%

33%

-1%

Intolerant

37%

49%

-12%

Aggressive

46%

55%

-9%

Erratic

40%

51%

-11%

Compared to Tony Abbott, Julia Gillard is seen as more likely to be considered good in a crisis (+11%), intelligent (+8%) and a capable leader (+7%).

Abbott is regarded by significantly more respondents to be arrogant (+14%), narrow minded (+11%), intolerant (+12%) and erratic (+11%).

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