Essential Report

Approval of the Opposition Leader

Nov 9, 2009

Q. Do you strongly approve, approve, disapprove or strongly disapprove of the job Malcolm Turnbull is doing as Opposition Leader?

29% of people surveyed approve of the job Malcolm Turnbull is doing as Opposition Leader and 50% disapprove.   Turnbull’s approval rating has increased slightly since we last asked this question (+2%), and his disapproval rating has seen a slight decrease (-3%).

Approval followed party lines – Coalition voters were more likely to approve (56%), while Labor voters were more likely to disapprove (70%).   28% of Coalition voters disapprove of the job Turnbull is doing as Opposition Leader.

Malcolm Turnbull’s net rating of -21% is a 5 point improvement on the September result and his best result since May.

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Turnbull as Leader of the Opposition

Oct 12, 2009

Q. Which statement do you think most accurately reflects Malcolm Turnbull’s time as leader of the Opposition?

More than half (58%) of people surveyed think that Turnbull has shown he hasn’t got the temperament, patience and judgement to be a leader of a major party.   42% think that despite all the criticism, Turnbull is capable of being the leader of the Opposition and given more time to develop his skills and experience, he could be a good leader of Australia.

Results reflected party lines – Labor voters were more likely to think that Turnbull hasn’t got the temperament to be a leader of a major party (78%), while Coalition voters were more likely to think Turnbull is capable of being leader, and given more time to develop his skills and experience, he could be a good leader (68%).  However, a significant number of Coalition voters think that Turnbull hasn’t got what it takes to be a leader of a major party (32%).

People aged 55 years and over were more likely to think that Turnbull is capable of being a good leader, he just needs more time (50%), while respondents aged 25 -34 were more likely to think Turnbull hasn’t got what it takes to be a leader of a major party (69%).

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