Better Prime Minister

Jan 14, 2014

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/

indep-endent

 

22 Oct

12 Nov

10 Dec

Tony Abbott

42%

11%

84%

7%

28%

41%

42%

43%

Bill Shorten

31%

62%

3%

56%

25%

22%

27%

33%

Don’t know

27%

27%

12%

37%

48%

37%

31%

24%

42%  (down 1%) think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister and 31% (down 2%) favour Bill Shorten. 27% (up 3%) could not make a choice.

Tony Abbott is favoured 49%/30% among men and 36%/31% among women.

Approval of Bill Shorten

Dec 10, 2013

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

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/ Indep-endent

 

12 Nov

Total approve

39%

 

66%

22%

49%

24%

31%

Total disapprove

31%

 

10%

49%

20%

44%

27%

Strongly approve

7%

17%

1%

7%

1%

5%

Approve

32%

49%

21%

42%

23%

26%

Disapprove

19%

9%

26%

15%

27%

17%

Strongly disapprove

12%

1%

23%

5%

17%

10%

Don’t know

31%

24%

29%

31%

32%

43%

39% approve (up 8%) of the job Bill Shorten is doing as Opposition Leader and 31% (up 4%) disapprove. 31% could not give an opinion. This represents an improvement on his rating as Prime Minister over the last four weeks from net +4 to net +8.

By gender – 40% (up 6%) of men approve and 35% (up 2%) disapprove; 36% (up 9%) of women approve and 27% (up 6%) disapprove.

Better Prime Minister

Dec 10, 2013

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other/

indep-endent

 

22 Oct

12 Nov

Tony Abbott

43%

7%

86%

4%

42%

41%

42%

Bill Shorten

33%

68%

4%

62%

20%

22%

27%

Don’t know

24%

24%

10%

34%

38%

37%

31%

43%  (up 1%) think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister and 33% (up 6%) favour Bill Shorten. 24% (down 7%) could not make a choice.

Tony Abbott is favoured 48%/31% among men and 38%/35% among women.

Leader Attributes – Bill Shorten

Oct 29, 2013

Q. Which of the following describe your opinion of the Opposition Leader, Bill Shorten?

 

Total

Intelligent

69%

Hard working

65%

Understands the problems facing Australia

50%

A capable leader

49%

Out of touch with ordinary people

42%

Good in a crisis

40%

Superficial

37%

Arrogant

35%

Trustworthy

34%

Visionary

33%

Narrow-minded

31%

Aggressive

31%

Erratic

30%

Intolerant

30%

More honest than most politicians

27%

Bill Shorten’s key attributes were intelligent (69%), hard working (65%), understands the problems facing Australia (50%) and a capable leader (49%).

 

Leader Attributes – Comparisons

Oct 29, 2013
 

Abbott

Shorten

 

Difference

Narrow-minded

54%

31%

+23

Arrogant

54%

35%

+19

Intolerant

49%

30%

+19

Aggressive

46%

31%

+15

Erratic

43%

30%

+13

Superficial

49%

37%

+12

More honest than most politicians

39%

27%

+12

Out of touch with ordinary people

51%

42%

+9

Trustworthy

40%

34%

+6

Good in a crisis

45%

40%

+5

A capable leader

52%

49%

+3

Hard-working

67%

65%

+2

Understands the problems facing Australia

51%

50%

+1

Visionary

33%

33%

Intelligent

62%

69%

-7

Compared to Bill Shorten, Tony Abbott is much more likely to be considered narrow minded (+23), arrogant (+19), intolerant (+19), aggressive (+15) and erratic (+13).

Bill Shorten is regarded by more respondents to be intelligent (-7).

Note that Bill Shorten’s ratings are mostly lower than those of Tony Abbott on both positive and negative attributes – presumably because he is less well known.

Better Prime Minister

Sep 24, 2013

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Tony Abbott and Anthony Albanese?

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister out of Tony Abbott and Bill Shorten?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Tony Abbott

37%

7%

74%

11%

Anthony Albanese

31%

58%

5%

51%

Don’t know

33%

35%

21%

38%

Tony Abbott

37%

7%

75%

2%

Bill Shorten

32%

58%

6%

55%

Don’t know

32%

35%

19%

43%

Tony Abbott is preferred to Anthony Albanese as Prime Minister by 37% to 31% and to Bill Shorten by 37% to 32%.

Among Labor voters both Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese are preferred 58% to 7%.

In comparison, immediately after the 2010 election Julia Gillard was preferred over Tony Abbott by 47% to 35%.

Best Leader of the Labor Party

Apr 23, 2012

Q. Which of the following do you think would make the best leader of the Labor Party?

 

30 May 2011

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Julia Gillard

23%

16%

40%

4%

21%

Kevin Rudd

32%

31%

33%

32%

32%

Wayne Swan

2%

4%

6%

4%

5%

Greg Combet

4%

2%

1%

2%

2%

Bill Shorten

3%

6%

8%

5%

3%

Someone else

19%

23%

6%

33%

18%

Don’t know

17%

17%

6%

19%

19%

33% think Kevin Rudd would make the best leader of the Labor Party and 16% prefer Julia Gillard. This represents  declines of 1% for Kevin Rudd and 7% for Julia Gillard since this question was asked nearly 12 months ago. Those selecting “someone else” has increased from 19% to 23%.

Julia Gillard is preferred by 40% of Labor voters compared to 33% for Kevin Rudd. Men prefer Kevin Rudd over Julia Gillard 33% to 16% and women by 28% to 17%.

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Preferred Leader of the Labor Party

Aug 3, 2011

Q. If you were able to choose any politician to be leader of the Labor Party, which of the following would you prefer? (This question was commissioned by Network Ten).

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Men Women Age

18-34

Aged

35-54

Aged 55+
Kevin Rudd 37% 43% 36% 35% 40% 33% 40% 39% 30%
Julia Gillard 12% 31% 2% 24% 10% 13% 12% 12% 12%
Malcolm Turnbull 11% 6% 17% 7% 12% 10% 10% 9% 15%
Stephen Smith 7% 6% 9% 2% 7% 6% 3% 6% 12%
Bob Brown 3% 2% 2% 11% 3% 3% 2% 3% 4%
Greg Combet 2% 2% 1% 2% 3% 2% 2% 1% 3%
Bill Shorten 1% 1% 2% 1% 2% 1% 1% 2% 2%
Don’t know 28% 9% 32% 18% 22% 33% 31% 28% 22%

37% of respondents prefer Kevin Rudd as leader of the Labor Party, 12% prefer Julia Gillard and 11% Malcolm Turnbull.

Among Labor voters, 43% prefer Kevin Rudd and 31% Julia Gillard.

Kevin Rudd is more preferred by younger respondents while those aged 55+ were more likely than the average to prefer Malcolm Turnbull (15%) and Stephen Smith (12%).

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