Rudd/Abbott Personality Traits

Mar 1, 2010

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

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

  Rudd

1 March 10

Abbott

1 March 10

Difference (Rudd lead) 
Intelligent 82% 71% +11%
Hard-working 77% 69% +8%
A capable leader 65% 49% +16%
Demanding 55% 55%
Arrogant 45% 53% -8%
Out of touch with ordinary people 45% 50% +5%
Understands the problems facing Australia 62% 49% +13%
Visionary 44% 33% +11%
Superficial 46% 43% +3
Good in a crisis 56% 38% +18%
Narrow-minded 36% 57% -21%
Down to earth 57% 46% +11%
Too inflexible 38% 49% -11%
Complacent 40% 33% +7%
More honest than most politicians 47% 34% +13%
Trustworthy 51% 38% +13%

 Rudd has his strongest lead over Abbott when it comes to appearing good in a crisis (+18%) and as a capable leader (+16%).  People think Rudd is better than Abbott when it comes to understanding the problems facing Australia (+13%), more honest than most politicians (+13%) and trustworthy (+13%). 

 Rudd trails Abbott most significantly in terms of appearing narrow-minded (-21%), too inflexible (-11%) and arrogant (-8%). Comments »

Approval of the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd

Feb 22, 2010

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

  9 Feb 09 30 Mar 09 18 May 09 29 Jun 09 10 Aug 09 28 Sept 09 9 Nov 09 30 Nov 09 14 Dec 09 18 Jan 10 22 Feb 10
Strongly approve 17% 21% 14% 14% 13% 15% 14% 9% 10% 11% 11%
Approve 50% 50% 48% 48% 47% 51% 47% 47% 47% 44% 41%
Disapprove 15% 14% 18% 18% 17% 17% 19% 20% 20% 19% 20%
Strongly disapprove 8% 7% 11% 9% 10% 6% 13% 15% 12% 14% 17%
Don’t know 9% 9% 9% 11% 12% 11% 8% 10% 10% 12% 11%
Total approve 67% 71% 62% 62% 60% 66% 61% 56% 57% 55% 52%
Total disapprove 23% 21% 29% 29% 27% 23% 32% 35% 32% 33% 37%

 Just over half (52%) of those surveyed approve of the job Kevin Rudd is doing as Prime Minister, 37% disapprove and 11% don’t know.  This gives Kevin Rudd a net approval rating of +15%. 

 Rudd has the lowest approval rating and the highest disapproval rating that has been reported in the Essential Report since we began asking this question in 2008.

 Results followed party lines – Labor voters were more likely to approve of the job Rudd is doing (92%), while Coalition voters were more likely to disapprove (78%).  17% of Coalition voters approve of the job Rudd is doing as Prime Minister.

 59% of Green voters approve of the job Rudd is doing, while 30% of these same voters disapprove. 

 People aged 18 – 24 were more likely to approve of the job Rudd is doing (59%), while people aged 65 years and over were more likely to disapprove (59%).  Comments »

Approval of the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott

Feb 22, 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
9 Feb 09 30 Mar 09 18 May 09 29 Jun 09 10 Aug 09 28 Sept 09 9 Nov 09 30 Nov 09 14 Dec 09 18 Jan 10 22 Feb 10
Strongly approve 3% 3% 2% 4% 2% 3% 3% 2% 7% 5% 12%
Approve 29% 25% 28% 20% 20% 24% 26% 23% 27% 32% 33%
Disapprove 26% 31% 28% 31% 30% 35% 30% 33% 18% 20% 20%
Strongly disapprove 17% 17% 21% 26% 28% 18% 20% 22% 18% 17% 16%
Don’t know 24% 24% 21% 19% 20% 21% 20% 19% 31% 26% 18%
Total approve 32% 28% 30% 24% 22% 27% 29% 25% 34% 37% 45%
Total disapprove 43% 48% 49% 57% 58% 53% 50% 55% 36% 37% 36%

 Just under half (45%) of those surveyed approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader, 36% disapprove and 18% don’t know. This gives Tony Abbott a net approval rating of +9%.  

 This is the highest approval rating that has been recorded for Abbott in the Essential Report thus far and higher than Turnbull ever scored in our polling. 

 Results followed party lines – Coalition voters were more likely to approve of the job Abbott is doing (79%), while Labor voters were more likely to disapprove (58%).   28% of Labor voters approve of the job Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader. 

 68% of Green voters disapprove of the job Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader and 19% of these same voters approve.

 People aged 65 years and over were more likely to approve of the job Abbott is doing (68%), while younger voters were more likely to indicate they don’t know (37%). 

 Males were more likely than females to approve of the job Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader (47% v 43%).  Comments »

Approval of Environment Minister, Peter Garrett

Feb 22, 2010

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Peter Garrett is doing as Environment Minister?

  %
Strongly approve 4%
Approve 24%
Disapprove 26%
Strongly disapprove 30%
Don’t know 16%
Total approve 28%
Total disapprove 56%

 Just over half (56%) of those surveyed disapprove of the job Peter Garrett is doing as Environment Minister, 28% approve and 16% don’t know.

This gives Peter Garrett an approval rating of -28%.  

 Results followed party lines – Labor voters were more likely to approve (47%), while Coalition voters were more likely to disapprove (84%).  37% of Labor voters disapprove of the job Garrett is doing as Environment Minister. 

 Green voters were reasonably split in terms of their level of approval of the Environment Minister – 42% approve and 46% disapprove of the job Garrett is doing. 

 People aged 65 years and over were more likely to disapprove (82%) while those aged 35 – 44 were more likely to approve (35%). 

 We asked a similar question in June 2008 asking people to rate the performance of Peter Garrett – 32% rated his performance as very good/good and 47% rated it as very poor/poor. Comments »

Approve of Lindsay Tanner, Finance Minister

Feb 15, 2010

Q Do you approve or disapprove of the job Lindsay Tanner is doing as Finance Minister?

  %
Total approve 31%
Total disapprove 24%
Net rating +7%
Strongly approve 5%
Approve 26%
Disapprove 18%
Strongly disapprove 6%
Don’t know 45%

31% approve of the job Lindsay Tanner is doing as Finance Minister, 24% disapprove and 45% don’t know.

Results followed party lines – Labor voters were more likely to approve (56%), while Coalition voters were more likely to disapprove (49%).  43% of Green voters approve of the job Tanner is doing as Finance Minister.  

Males were more likely to approve of the job Tanner is doing (39%), while females were more likely to indicate they don’t know (55%). 

 People aged 55 years and over were more likely that those in other age groups to disapprove (36%).  Comments »

Approval of Barnaby Joyce, Opposition Shadow Finance Minister

Feb 15, 2010

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Barnaby Joyce is doing as opposition shadow Finance Minister?

  %
Total approve 25%
Total disapprove 36%
Net rating -11%
Strongly approve 4%
Approve 21%
Disapprove 22%
Strongly disapprove 14%
Don’t know 39%

 One quarter (25%) of those surveyed approve of the job Barnaby Joyce is doing as opposition shadow Finance Minister, 36% disapprove and 39% don’t know.

 Results followed party lines – Coalition voters were more likely to approve of the job Joyce is doing (47%), while Labor voters were more likely to disapprove (53%).  

 56% of Green voters and 23% of Coalition voters disapprove of the job Joyce is doing as opposition shadow Finance Minister.

 Males were more likely to disapprove of the job Joyce is doing (43%), while females were more likely to indicate they don’t know (47%). Comments »

Approval of the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd

Jan 18, 2010

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

  12 Jan 09 9 Feb 09 30 Mar 09 18 May 09 29 Jun 09 10 Aug 09 28 Sept 09 9 Nov 09 30 Nov 09 14 Dec 09 18 Jan 10
Strongly approve 14% 17% 21% 14% 14% 13% 15% 14% 9% 10% 11%
Approve 52% 50% 50% 48% 48% 47% 51% 47% 47% 47% 44%
Disapprove 16% 15% 14% 18% 18% 17% 17% 19% 20% 20% 19%
Strongly disapprove 6% 8% 7% 11% 9% 10% 6% 13% 15% 12% 14%
Don’t know 11% 9% 9% 9% 11% 12% 11% 8% 10% 10% 12%
Total approve 66% 67% 71% 62% 62% 60% 66% 61% 56% 57% 55%
Total disapprove 22% 23% 21% 29% 29% 27% 23% 32% 35% 32% 33%

55% of people surveyed approve of the job Kevin Rudd is doing as Prime Minister, 33% disapprove.  His approval rating has seen a slight decrease since we last asked this question in December (-2%) and his disapproval rating has increased by one percent.  Rudd’s approval rating is the lowest it has been over the year that we have been tracking this question. 

Perception of the job Kevin Rudd is doing as Prime Minister followed party lines – Labor voters were more likely to approve of the job he is doing (91%), while Coalition voters were more likely to disapprove (74%).  20% of Coalition voters and 73% of Green voters approve of the job Rudd is doing as Prime Minister. Comments »

Approval of the PM, Kevin Rudd

Dec 14, 2009

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

12 Jan 09 9 Feb 09 30 Mar 09 18 May 09 29 Jun 09 10 Aug 09 28 Sept 09 9 Nov 09 30 Nov 09 14 Dec 09
Strongly approve 14% 17% 21% 14% 14% 13% 15% 14% 9% 10%
Approve 52% 50% 50% 48% 48% 47% 51% 47% 47% 47%
Disapprove 16% 15% 14% 18% 18% 17% 17% 19% 20% 20%
Strongly disapprove 6% 8% 7% 11% 9% 10% 6% 13% 15% 12%
Don’t know 11% 9% 9% 9% 11% 12% 11% 8% 10% 10%
Total approve 66% 67% 71% 62% 62% 60% 66% 61% 56% 57%
Total disapprove 22% 23% 21% 29% 29% 27% 23% 32% 35% 32%

Kevin Rudd’s approval rating has increased slightly since we last asked this question (+1%) and his disapproval rating has decreased slightly (-3%).

Opinion followed party lines – Labor voters were more likely to approve (92%) while Coalition voters were more likely to disapprove (74%).  18% of Coalition voters approve of the job Kevin Rudd is doing as Prime Minister.

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