Approval of Julia Gillard

Jul 26, 2010

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Julia Gillard is doing as Prime Minister?

Kevin Rudd Julia Gillard
30 Mar 09 29 Jun 09 28 Sept 09 14 Dec 09 29 Mar 10 31 May 10 5 Jul 10 19 Jul 10 26 Jul 10
Total approve 71% 62% 66% 57% 53% 41% 48% 52% 49%
Total disapprove 21% 29% 23% 32% 36% 47% 27% 30% 33%
Strongly approve 21% 14% 15% 10% 12% 7% 14% 11% 12%
Approve 50% 48% 51% 47% 41% 34% 34% 41% 37%
Disapprove 14% 18% 17% 20% 22% 25% 13% 17% 19%
Strongly disapprove 7% 9% 6% 12% 14% 22% 14% 13% 14%
Don’t know 9% 11% 11% 10% 12% 12% 26% 18% 17%

49% approve Julia Gillard’s performance as Prime Minister and 33% disapprove. Since this question was asked last week, approval has decreased by 3% and disapproval increased by 3%. 94% of Labor voters approve and only 2% disapprove. Among Liberal/National voters, 18% approve and 70% disapprove.

By gender – men 51% approve/36% disapprove and women 49% approve/30% disapprove. Comments »

Approval of the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd

May 31, 2010

Q. Do you strongly approve, approve, disapprove or strongly disapprove of the job Kevin Rudd is doing as Prime Minister?

  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 21% 14% 15% 9% 10% 11% 11% 12% 8% 7%
Approve 50% 48% 51% 47% 47% 44% 41% 41% 38% 34%
Disapprove 14% 18% 17% 20% 20% 19% 20% 22% 25% 25%
Strongly disapprove 7% 9% 6% 15% 12% 14% 17% 14% 17% 22%
Don’t know 9% 11% 11% 10% 10% 12% 11% 12% 12% 12%
Total approve 71% 62% 66% 56% 57% 55% 52% 53% 46% 41%
Total disapprove 21% 29% 23% 35% 32% 33% 37% 36% 42% 47%

 Kevin Rudd’s net approval rating has fallen to a net negative for the first time since he became Prime Minister. 41% approve (down 5%) of the job Kevin Rudd is doing as Prime Minister and 47% disapprove (up 5%).

 89% of Labor voters approve and 87% of Liberal/National voters disapprove. Greens voters are split 48% approve/45% disapprove.

 Younger people are more likely to approve of Kevin Rudd’s performance than older people. Those aged under 35 were net positive (45% approve/33% disapprove) and those aged 55+ strongly negative (31% approve/64% disapprove). Comments »

Opinion of Kevin Rudd and the Labor Party

May 24, 2010

Opinion of Kevin Rudd an the Labor Party

 Q. Would you say that your view of Kevin Rudd and the Labor Government has become more or less favourable in recent weeks? 

Total more favourable 11%
Total less favourable 58%
Much more favourable 3%
A little more favourable 8%
A little less favourable 25%
Much less favourable 33%
No change 26%
Don’t know 3%

58% of respondents said their view of Kevin Rudd and the Labor Government had become less favourable over recent weeks and 11% said they had become more favourable.

22% of Labor voters said they had become more favourable and 31% less favourable. Coalition voters split 4% more favourable/81% less favourable and Greens voters 23% more favourable/58% less favourable.

47% of those aged under 35 were less favourable compared to 66% of those aged 45+. Comments »

View of Kevin Rudd

May 24, 2010

If a little less or much less favourable –

Q. And which of the following would you say has been the main reason for your view of Kevin Rudd and the Labor Government becoming less favourable in recent weeks?

Not honouring their election commitments 24%
Too much spending 15%
Too soft on asylum seekers 15%
Problems with insulation and school building programs 13%
The 40% tax on mining companies 12%
Postponing introduction of ETS to address climate change 7%
Too tough on asylum seekers 4%
Some other reason 7%
No particular reason 6%

 Sample size = 642

Of those who had a less favourable view of Kevin Rudd and the Labor Government, 24% said their main reason was not honouring their election commitments, 15% too much spending and 15% thought the Government was too soft on asylum seekers.

Among Labor voters the main reasons were not honouring election commitments (30%) and problems with the insulation and school building programs (14%).

For Coalition voters the main reasons were not honouring election commitments (27%), the 40% tax on mining companies (18%) and too much spending (17%).

For Greens voters the main reasons were postponing the introduction of the ETS (34%) and problems with then insulation and school building programs (16%). 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 Prime Minister

May 10, 2010

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%). Comments »

Approval of the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd

May 3, 2010

Q. Do you strongly approve, approve, disapprove or strongly disapprove of the job Kevin Rudd is doing as Prime Minister?

  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 21% 14% 15% 9% 10% 11% 11% 12% 8%
Approve 50% 48% 51% 47% 47% 44% 41% 41% 38%
Disapprove 14% 18% 17% 20% 20% 19% 20% 22% 25%
Strongly disapprove 7% 9% 6% 15% 12% 14% 17% 14% 17%
Don’t know 9% 11% 11% 10% 10% 12% 11% 12% 12%
Total approve 71% 62% 66% 56% 57% 55% 52% 53% 46%
Total disapprove 21% 29% 23% 35% 32% 33% 37% 36% 42%

Kevin Rudd’s approval rating has fallen to the lowest recorded since he became Prime Minister. 46% approve (down 7%) of the job Kevin Rudd is doing as Prime Minister and 42% disapprove (up 6%).

90% of Labor voters approve and 5% disapprove. 12% of Liberal/National voters approve and 81% disapprove.

 Those aged over 55 are more likely to disapprove – 38% approve and 57% disapprove.

Attributes to describe Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd

Mar 1, 2010

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

  29 June 09 7 Dec 09 1 March 10 Difference from Jun 09 Difference from Dec 09
Intelligent 84% 82% 82% -2%
Hard-working 83% 77% 77% -6%
A capable leader 72% 69% 65% -7% -4%
Demanding 67% 60% 55% -12% -5%
Arrogant 46% 49% 45% -1% -4%
Out of touch with ordinary people 41% 45% 45% +4%
Understands the problems facing Australia 67% 59% 62% -5% +3%
Visionary 49% 48% 44% -5% -4%
Superficial 40% 41% 46% +6% +5%
Good in a crisis 60% 58% 56% -4% -2%
Narrow-minded 32% 36% 36% +4%
Down to earth 56% 55% 57% +1% +2%
Too inflexible 32% 38% 38% +6%
Complacent 28% 38% 40% +12% +2%
More honest than most politicians 47% 49% 47% -2%
Trustworthy n/a 51% 51%

Comparing our June 2009 results with those obtained this week, Rudd has gained points in terms of appearing complacent (+12%), superficial (+6%) and too inflexible (+6%).  He has lost the most ground in terms of appearing as demanding (-12%), a capable leader (-7%) and hard-working (-6%).

Comparing this week’s results with those obtained in December 2009, Rudd has gained the most ground in terms of appearing superficial (+5%) and lost the most ground in terms of appearing demanding (-5%), arrogant (-4%), visionary (-4%) and as a capable leader (-4%).   Comments »

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