Essential Report

Approval of Tony Abbott

Feb 13, 2012

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

18 Jan

2010

5 Jul

2010

20 Dec 2010 14 Mar

2011

14 June 12 Sept 17 Oct 14 Nov 12 Dec 16 Jan 2012 13 Feb
Total approve 37% 37% 39% 38% 38% 39% 40% 36% 32% 35% 35%
Total disapprove 37% 47% 39% 47% 48% 50% 51% 52% 53% 51% 53%
Strongly approve 5% 8% 9% 7% 6% 8% 8% 6% 6% 7% 6%
Approve 32% 29% 30% 31% 32% 31% 32% 30% 26% 28% 29%
Disapprove 20% 23% 21% 24% 25% 23% 23% 26% 25% 25% 23%
Strongly disapprove 17% 24% 18% 23% 23% 27% 28% 26% 28% 26% 30%
Don’t know 26% 16% 22% 16% 15% 11% 9% 12% 14% 13% 12%

Tony Abbott’s approval rating has also changed little over the last month. 35% (no change) approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader and 53% (up 2%) disapprove – a change in net rating from -16 to -18 over the last 4 weeks.

67% (down 1%) of Coalition voters approve and 21% (no change) disapprove.

By gender – men 40% approve/52% disapprove, women 31% approve/54% disapprove.

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Approval of Tony Abbott

Jan 16, 2012

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

18 Jan

2010

5 Jul

2010

20 Dec 2010 14 Mar

2011

14 June 12 Sept 17 Oct 14 Nov 12 Dec 16 Jan 2012
Total approve 37% 37% 39% 38% 38% 39% 40% 36% 32% 35%
Total disapprove 37% 47% 39% 47% 48% 50% 51% 52% 53% 51%
Strongly approve 5% 8% 9% 7% 6% 8% 8% 6% 6% 7%
Approve 32% 29% 30% 31% 32% 31% 32% 30% 26% 28%
Disapprove 20% 23% 21% 24% 25% 23% 23% 26% 25% 25%
Strongly disapprove 17% 24% 18% 23% 23% 27% 28% 26% 28% 26%
Don’t know 26% 16% 22% 16% 15% 11% 9% 12% 14% 13%

Tony Abbott’s approval rating has also improved a little over the last month. 35% (up 3%) approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader and 51% (down 2%) disapprove – a change in net rating from -21 to -16 over the last 5 weeks.

68% (up 3%) of Coalition voters approve and 21% (down 1%) disapprove.

By gender – men 41% approve/49% disapprove, women 29% approve/53% disapprove.

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Approval of Tony Abbott

Dec 12, 2011

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

18 Jan

2010

5 Jul

2010

20 Dec 2010 14 Mar 14 June 12 Sept 17 Oct 14 Nov 12 Dec
Total approve 37% 37% 39% 38% 38% 39% 40% 36% 32%
Total disapprove 37% 47% 39% 47% 48% 50% 51% 52% 53%
Strongly approve 5% 8% 9% 7% 6% 8% 8% 6% 6%
Approve 32% 29% 30% 31% 32% 31% 32% 30% 26%
Disapprove 20% 23% 21% 24% 25% 23% 23% 26% 25%
Strongly disapprove 17% 24% 18% 23% 23% 27% 28% 26% 28%
Don’t know 26% 16% 22% 16% 15% 11% 9% 12% 14%

Tony Abbott’s approval rating has fallen again over the last month. 32% (down 4%) approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader and 53% (up 1%) disapprove – a change in net rating from -16 to -21 over the last 4 weeks. This is the lowest rating recorded for Tony Abbott since he became opposition leader.

65% (down 8%) of Coalition voters approve and 22% (up 3%) disapprove.

By gender – men 36% approve/52% disapprove, women 29% approve/55% disapprove.

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Rating of Opposition Leader during Barack Obama Visit

Nov 28, 2011

Q. How would you rate the performance of the Opposition Leader Tony Abbott during recent visit by US President Barack Obama?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Total good 18% 9% 31% 2%
Total poor 30% 49% 9% 54%
Very good 4% 2% 7%
Good 14% 7% 24% 2%
Average 37% 32% 46% 26%
Poor 14% 17% 7% 24%
Very poor 16% 32% 2% 30%
Don’t know 15% 10% 13% 17%

Overall, the Opposition Leader’s performance during the recent visit by US President Barack Obama was rated negatively.

18% rated his performance during the recent visit by US President Barack Obama as good and 30% rated it poor. 37% thought it was average.

Liberal/National voters were more likely to rate it as average (46%) – only 31% rated it good.

There was little difference between the ratings of men and women.

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Approval of Tony Abbott

Oct 17, 2011

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

18 Jan

2010

5 Jul 20 Dec 17 Jan 2011 14 Feb 14 Mar 11 Apr 9 May 14 June 11 July 15 Aug 12 Sept 17 Oct
Total approve 37% 37% 39% 42% 38% 38% 36% 42% 38% 39% 37% 39% 40%
Total disapprove 37% 47% 39% 37% 46% 47% 48% 44% 48% 49% 50% 50% 51%
Strongly approve 5% 8% 9% 7% 8% 7% 7% 8% 6% 6% 8% 8% 8%
Approve 32% 29% 30% 35% 30% 31% 29% 34% 32% 33% 29% 31% 32%
Disapprove 20% 23% 21% 22% 24% 24% 25% 25% 25% 24% 25% 23% 23%
Strongly disapprove 17% 24% 18% 15% 22% 23% 23% 19% 23% 25% 25% 27% 28%
Don’t know 26% 16% 22% 20% 16% 16% 17% 14% 15% 11% 13% 11% 9%

Tony Abbott’s approval rating has been at a similar level for the past 5 months. 40% (up 1%) approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader and 51% (up 1%) disapprove – no change in his net rating of -11 over the last 5 weeks.

78% (up 4%) of Coalition voters approve and 16% (down 2%) disapprove.

By gender – men 44% approve/50% disapprove, women 36% approve/52% disapprove.

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Approval of Tony Abbott

May 9, 2011

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

18 Jan

2010

29 Mar 5 Jul 16 Aug 20 Sep 18 Oct 22 Nov 20 Dec 17 Jan 2011 14 Feb 14 Mar 11 Apr 9 May
Total approve 37% 33% 37% 41% 43% 39% 40% 39% 42% 38% 38% 36% 42%
Total disapprove 37% 50% 47% 44% 37% 45% 40% 39% 37% 46% 47% 48% 44%
Strongly approve 5% 8% 8% 9% 12% 8% 6% 9% 7% 8% 7% 7% 8%
Approve 32% 25% 29% 32% 31% 31% 34% 30% 35% 30% 31% 29% 34%
Disapprove 20% 28% 23% 22% 21% 22% 22% 21% 22% 24% 24% 25% 25%
Strongly disapprove 17% 22% 24% 22% 16% 23% 18% 18% 15% 22% 23% 23% 19%
Don’t know 26% 16% 16% 15% 19% 17% 19% 22% 20% 16% 16% 17% 14%

42% (up 6%) approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader and 44% (down 4%) disapprove – a change in net rating from -12 to -2 over the last 4 weeks.

77% of Coalition voters approve and 13% disapprove.

By gender – men 47% approve/43% disapprove, women 37% approve/45% disapprove.

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Approval of Tony Abbott

Mar 14, 2011

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

18 Jan

2010

29 Mar 5 Jul 16 Aug 20 Sep 18 Oct 22 Nov 20 Dec 17 Jan 2011 14 Feb 14 Mar
Total approve 37% 33% 37% 41% 43% 39% 40% 39% 42% 38% 38%
Total disapprove 37% 50% 47% 44% 37% 45% 40% 39% 37% 46% 47%
Strongly approve 5% 8% 8% 9% 12% 8% 6% 9% 7% 8% 7%
Approve 32% 25% 29% 32% 31% 31% 34% 30% 35% 30% 31%
Disapprove 20% 28% 23% 22% 21% 22% 22% 21% 22% 24% 24%
Strongly disapprove 17% 22% 24% 22% 16% 23% 18% 18% 15% 22% 23%
Don’t know 26% 16% 16% 15% 19% 17% 19% 22% 20% 16% 16%

38% (no change) approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader and 47% (up 1%) disapprove.

70% of Coalition voters approve and 17% disapprove.

By gender – men 41% approve/45% disapprove, women 33% approve/49% disapprove.

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Performance of Tony Abbott

Mar 7, 2011

Q. Which of the following statements is closest to your view about the performance of Tony Abbott as Opposition leader?

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Tony Abbott is performing the role of Opposition leader well and is keeping the Government accountable 41% 11% 79% 7%
Tony Abbott is just opposing everything and is obstructing the work of the Government 43% 78% 12% 82%
Don’t know 16% 11% 9% 12%

41% think that Tony Abbott is performing the role of Opposition leader well and is keeping the Government accountable and 43% think he is just opposing everything and is obstructing the work of the Government.

Views are strongly correlated with voting intention – 79% of Coalition voters think he is performing the role of Opposition leader well, while 78% of Labor voters and 82% of Greens voters think he is just opposing everything.

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