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Attributes to describe the Prime Minister

Oct 4, 2010

Q.  Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard?

  5 Jul 10 4 Oct 10 Difference
Intelligent 87% 81% -6%
Hard-working 89% 82% -7%
A capable leader 72% 59% -13%
Demanding 58% 58% 0%
Arrogant 37% 39% 2%
Out of touch with ordinary people 35% 44% 9%
Understands the problems facing Australia 68% 55% -13%
Visionary 48% 38% -10%
Good in a crisis 61% 46% -15%
Narrow-minded 28% 35% 7%
Down to earth 68% 62% -6%
Too inflexible 26% 36% 10%
Complacent 27% 31% 4%
More honest than most politicians 45% 37% -8%
Trustworthy 49% 42% -7%

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Attributes to describe the Prime Minister – Gender difference

Oct 4, 2010

Q.  Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard?

  Total Male Female
Intelligent 81% 79% 84%
Hard-working 82% 80% 83%
A capable leader 59% 57% 61%
Demanding 58% 62% 54%
Arrogant 39% 38% 39%
Out of touch with ordinary people 44% 47% 41%
Understands the problems facing Australia 55% 53% 56%
Visionary 38% 38% 38%
Good in a crisis 46% 46% 46%
Narrow-minded 35% 38% 31%
Down to earth 62% 60% 65%
Too inflexible 36% 40% 33%
Complacent 31% 34% 28%
More honest than most politicians 37% 39% 35%
Trustworthy 42% 45% 39%

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Attributes to describe the Opposition Leader

Oct 4, 2010

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

  5 Jul 10 4 Oct 10 Change
Intelligent 70% 71% 1%
Hard-working 76% 78% 2%
A capable leader 47% 52% 5%
Demanding 53% 61% 8%
Arrogant 59% 60% 1%
Out of touch with ordinary people 57% 53% -4%
Understands the problems facing Australia 50% 53% 3%
Visionary 32% 31% -1%
Good in a crisis 40% 42% 2%
Narrow-minded 56% 53% -3%
Down to earth 47% 47% 0%
Too inflexible 45% 43% -2%
Complacent 34% 32% -2%
More honest than most politicians 33% 32% -1%
Trustworthy 33% 35% 2%

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Attributes to describe the Opposition Leader – Gender differences

Oct 4, 2010

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

  Total Male Female
Intelligent 71% 70% 71%
Hard-working 78% 79% 77%
A capable leader 52% 54% 50%
Demanding 61% 66% 56%
Arrogant 60% 63% 56%
Out of touch with ordinary people 53% 57% 49%
Understands the problems facing Australia 53% 52% 54%
Visionary 31% 32% 30%
Good in a crisis 42% 44% 40%
Narrow-minded 53% 56% 51%
Down to earth 47% 47% 47%
Too inflexible 43% 47% 40%
Complacent 32% 34% 29%
More honest than most politicians 32% 32% 31%
Trustworthy 35% 36% 34%

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Comparison of Leader Attributes

Oct 4, 2010

 

  Julia Gillard Tony Abbott Difference
Intelligent 81% 71% 10%
Hard-working 82% 78% 4%
A capable leader 59% 52% 7%
Demanding 58% 61% -3%
Arrogant 39% 60% -21%
Out of touch with ordinary people 44% 53% -9%
Understands the problems facing Australia 55% 53% 2%
Visionary 38% 31% 7%
Good in a crisis 46% 42% 4%
Narrow-minded 35% 53% -18%
Down to earth 62% 47% 15%
Too inflexible 36% 43% -7%
Complacent 31% 32% -1%
More honest than most politicians 37% 32% 5%
Trustworthy 42% 35% 7%

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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 »

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.

Comparison of Leader Attributes

May 10, 2010

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

  Kevin Rudd Tony Abbott Difference
Intelligent 73% 72% +1%
Hard-working 76% 71% +5%
A capable leader 55% 50% +5%
Demanding 69% 52% +17%
Arrogant 57% 54% +3%
Out of touch with ordinary people 55% 51% +4%
Understands the problems facing Australia 53% 49% +4%
Visionary 37% 35% +2%
Superficial 52% 44% +8%
Good in a crisis 44% 40% +4%
Narrow-minded 43% 53% -10%
Down to earth 47% 50% -3%
Too inflexible 45% 47% -2%
Complacent 38% 30% -8%
More honest than most politicians 39% 33% +6%
Trustworthy 41% 39% +2%

 Kevin Rudd has only slightly better ratings than Tony Abbott across key positive attributes such as hard-working (+5%), a capable leader (+5%) and trustworthy (+2%).

The main differences were that Kevin Rudd is perceived as more demanding (69%/52%), less narrow-minded (43%/53%), more superficial (52%/44%) and more complacent (38%/30%). Comments »

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