Leader Attributes – Julia Gillard

Sep 17, 2012

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

Change

Intelligent

87%

81%

75%

73%

61%

68%

+7%

Hard-working

89%

82%

76%

75%

65%

69%

+4%

A capable leader

72%

59%

52%

42%

38%

43%

+5%

Arrogant

37%

39%

44%

48%

53%

46%

-7%

Out of touch with ordinary people

35%

44%

50%

60%

65%

56%

-9%

Understands the problems facing Australia

68%

55%

52%

44%

41%

43%

+2%

Visionary

48%

38%

30%

26%

25%

31%

+6%

Superficial

51%

52%

54%

46%

-8%

Good in a crisis

61%

46%

46%

41%

36%

43%

+7%

Narrow-minded

28%

35%

43%

46%

53%

46%

-7%

More honest than most politicians

45%

37%

37%

29%

26%

31%

+5%

Trustworthy

49%

42%

40%

30%

25%

30%

+5%

Intolerant

37%

Aggressive

42%

Erratic

43%

Gillard’s key attributes were hard-working (69%), intelligent (68%) and out of touch with ordinary people (56%).    All positive leader attributes for Gillard moved up from the last time the question was polled in April 2012.   The biggest shifts on the positive attributes were on intelligent (+7%) and visionary (+6%).

All negative attributes shifted down from April.  The attributes that had the largest shifts downwards were out of touch with ordinary people (-10%) and superficial (-8%).

Leader Attributes – Tony Abbott

Sep 17, 2012

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

Change

Intelligent

70%

71%

64%

61%

56%

62%

+6%

Hard-working

76%

78%

72%

75%

68%

67%

-1%

A capable leader

47%

52%

48%

45%

41%

37%

-4%

Arrogant

59%

60%

58%

60%

61%

63%

+2%

Out of touch with ordinary people

57%

53%

54%

57%

54%

57%

+3%

Understands the problems facing Australia

50%

53%

50%

48%

49%

43%

-6%

Visionary

32%

31%

27%

27%

26%

29%

+3%

Superficial

45%

49%

49%

51%

+2%

Good in a crisis

40%

42%

41%

40%

36%

35%

-1%

Narrow-minded

56%

53%

51%

54%

54%

59%

+5%

More honest than most politicians

33%

32%

31%

32%

30%

27%

-3%

Trustworthy

33%

35%

34%

32%

32%

30%

-2%

Intolerant

53%

Aggressive

59%

Erratic

51%

Abbott’s key attributes were hard-working (67%), intelligent (62%) and arrogant (63%).

The biggest shifts in the leader attributes for Abbott were on intelligent (+6%), understandings the problems facing Australia (-6%), narrow minded (+5%) and a capable leader (-4%).

Leader Attributes – Comparisons

Sep 17, 2012
 

Gillard

Abbott

Difference

Intelligent

68%

62%

+6%

Hard-working

69%

67%

+2%

A capable leader

43%

37%

+6%

Arrogant

46%

63%

-17%

Out of touch with ordinary people

56%

57%

-1%

Understands the problems facing Australia

43%

43%

Visionary

31%

29%

+2%

Superficial

46%

51%

-5%

Good in a crisis

43%

35%

+8%

Narrow-minded

46%

59%

-13%

More honest than most politicians

31%

27%

+4%

Trustworthy

30%

30%

Intolerant

37%

53%

-16%

Aggressive

42%

59%

-17%

Erratic

43%

51%

-8%

Compared to Abbott, Gillard is seen as more intelligent (+6%), a more capable leader (+6%) and good in a crisis (+8%).

Abbott is regarded by significantly more respondents to be arrogant (+17%), narrow minded (+13%), intolerant (+16%) and aggressive (+17%).

Since the last time the question was polled, Gillard has narrowed the gap on ‘out of touch with ordinary people’ (moving from +11% in April compared to Abbott to -1% this week) as well as ‘understands the problem facing Australia’ (-8% in April 2012 to equal with Abbott this month).

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