Approval of Tony Abbott

Jul 19, 2010

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader?

Malcolm Turnbull Tony Abbott
30 Nov 09 14 Dec 09 18 Jan 10 22 Feb 10 29 Mar 10 3 May 10 31 May 10 28 Jun 10 5 Jul 10 19 Jul 10
Total approve 25% 34% 37% 45% 33% 39% 35% 40% 37% 40%
Total disapprove 55% 36% 37% 36% 50% 43% 50% 39% 47% 44%
Strongly approve 2% 7% 5% 12% 8% 5% 5% 9% 8% 6%
Approve 23% 27% 32% 33% 25% 34% 30% 31% 29% 34%
Disapprove 33% 18% 20% 20% 28% 24% 28% 20% 23% 22%
Strongly disapprove 22% 18% 17% 16% 22% 19% 22% 19% 24% 22%
Don’t know 19% 31% 26% 18% 16% 18% 16% 20% 16% 16%

40% approve Tony Abbott’s performance as Opposition Leader and 44% disapprove. Since this question was asked 2 weeks ago, approval has increased by 3% and disapproval decreased by 3%. 82% of Liberal/National voters approve and 10% disapprove. Among Labor voters, 19% approve and 69% disapprove.

There were some differences by gender – men 45% approve/43% disapprove and women 35% approve/46% disapprove. Comments »

Approval of the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott

May 31, 2010

Q. Do you strongly approve, approve, disapprove or strongly disapprove of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader?

  Malcolm Turnbull Tony Abbott
  30 Mar 09 29 Jun 09 28 Sept 09 30 Nov 09 14 Dec 09 18 Jan 10 22 Feb 10 29 Mar 10 3 May 10 31 May 10
Strongly approve 3% 4% 3% 2% 7% 5% 12% 8% 5% 5%
Approve 25% 20% 24% 23% 27% 32% 33% 25% 34% 30%
Disapprove 31% 31% 35% 33% 18% 20% 20% 28% 24% 28%
Strongly disapprove 17% 26% 18% 22% 18% 17% 16% 22% 19% 22%
Don’t know 24% 19% 21% 19% 31% 26% 18% 16% 18% 16%
Total approve 28% 24% 27% 25% 34% 37% 45% 33% 39% 35%
Total disapprove 48% 57% 53% 55% 36% 37% 36% 50% 43% 50%

 Tony Abbott’s approval rating has fallen back close to the level of the March poll – which was his lowest recorded. 35% approve (down 4%) of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader and 50% disapprove (up 7%).

72% of Liberal/National voters approve and 17% disapprove. 77% of Labor voters disapprove and 15% approve.

 The only group showing net approval was people aged 65+ (52% approve/42% disapprove).

Opinion of Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party

May 24, 2010

Q. Would you say that your view of Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party has become more or less favourable in recent weeks?

Total more favourable 26%
Total less favourable 34%
Much more favourable 7%
A little more favourable 19%
A little less favourable 13%
Much less favourable 21%
No change 36%
Don’t know 4%

 34% of respondents said their view of Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party had become less favourable over recent weeks and 26% said they had become more favourable.

55% of Coalition voters said they had become more favourable and 13% less favourable. Labor voters split 8% more favourable/52% less favourable and Greens voters 15% more favourable/61% less favourable.

 31% of men had become more favourable compared to 22% of women.

Those on higher incomes had the most favourable view – respondents with incomes over $1,600 pw were 34% more favourable/32% less favourable. Comments »

View of Tony Abbott

May 24, 2010

If a little more or much more favourable –

Q. And which of the following would you say has been the main reason for your view of Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party becoming more favourable in recent weeks?

Tony Abbott is more in touch with ordinary Australians 21%
They would cut Government spending 20%
They oppose the 40% tax on mining companies 15%
They would be tough on asylum seekers 12%
Liberal Party is more united under Tony Abbott 11%
They oppose introduction of ETS to address climate change 9%
Some other reason 4%
No particular reason 8%

Sample size = 269

The main reasons for having a more favourable view of Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party were that Tony Abbott is more in touch with ordinary Australians (21%) and the Liberals would cut Government spending (20%). Opposing the 40% tax on mining companies rated third with 15%.

For Coalition voters the main reasons were that Tony Abbott is more in touch with ordinary Australians (24%) and the Liberals would cut Government spending (24%).

27% of those on higher incomes (over $1,000 pw) said Tony Abbott is more in touch with ordinary Australians compared to 12% of those on lower incomes (under $1,000 pw). Comments »

Trustworthiness of Leaders

May 24, 2010

Q. Do you think the Opposition leader Tony Abbott is more or less trustworthy than the average Australian political leader?Q. And do you think the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is more or less trustworthy than the average Australian political leader?

  Tony Abbott Kevin Rudd
Total more trustworthy 20% 19%
Total less trustworthy 32% 34%
A lot more trustworthy 8% 4%
A little more trustworthy 12% 15%
About the same 40% 41%
A little less trustworthy 10% 13%
A lot less trustworthy 22% 21%
Don’t know 9% 5%

Perceptions of trustworthiness were similar for the two leaders  – both net negative.

20% believe Tony Abbott to be more trustworthy than the average compared to 32% less trustworthy. For Kevin Rudd the results were 19% more trustworthy and 34% less trustworthy.

47% of Coalition voters think Tony Abbott is more trustworthy and 56% of Labor voters think he is less trustworthy. For Kevin Rudd 40% of Labor voters think he is more trustworthy and 69% of Coalition voters think he is less trustworthy.

Greens voters tend to think Tony Abbott is less trustworthy (55%) and are split on Kevin Rudd (24% more/25% less). Comments »

Attributes to describe the Opposition Leader

May 10, 2010

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.

Approval of the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott

May 3, 2010

Q. Do you strongly approve, approve, disapprove or strongly disapprove of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader?

  Malcolm Turnbull Tony Abbott
  30 Mar 09 29 Jun 09 28 Sept 09 30 Nov 09 14 Dec 09 18 Jan 10 22 Feb 10 29 Mar 10 3 May 10
Strongly approve 3% 4% 3% 2% 7% 5% 12% 8% 5%
Approve 25% 20% 24% 23% 27% 32% 33% 25% 34%
Disapprove 31% 31% 35% 33% 18% 20% 20% 28% 24%
Strongly disapprove 17% 26% 18% 22% 18% 17% 16% 22% 19%
Don’t know 24% 19% 21% 19% 31% 26% 18% 16% 18%
Total approve 28% 24% 27% 25% 34% 37% 45% 33% 39%
Total disapprove 48% 57% 53% 55% 36% 37% 36% 50% 43%

Tony Abbott’s approval rating regained some of the large decline recorded in the previous poll.  39% approve (up 6%) of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader and 43% disapprove (down 7%).

 74% of Liberal/National voters approve and 18% disapprove. 23% of Labor voters approve and 66% disapprove.

 Those aged over 55 are more likely to approve – 49% approve and 41% disapprove. Comments »

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott

Apr 6, 2010

Q. Do you think the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is spending too much time on activities not related to his job as Opposition Leader?

  %
Spend too much time 32%
Not spending too much time 45%
Don’t know 23%

Just under half (45%) of those surveyed think Tony Abbott is not spending too much time on activities not related to his job as Opposition Leader, 32% think he spends too much time on activities not related to his job and 23% don’t know.

Labor voters were more likely to think Tony Abbott is spending too much time on activities not related to his job (50%), while Coalition voters were more likely to think he is not spending too much time on activities not related to his job (76%). 

People aged 55 years and over were more likely to think Abbott is not spending too much time on activities not related to his job (53%), as were males (49%).  Comments »

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