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Better Prime Minister – Rudd or Abbott

Mar 22, 2010

Q.  Regardless of your likely party choice for the next election, which of the leaders – Kevin Rudd or Tony Abbott – do you think overall would be the best Prime Minister?

  21 Dec 09 22 March 10
Kevin Rudd 51% 50%
Tony Abbott 25% 30%
Don’t know 24% 19%

When it comes to a choice between Rudd and Abbott as the better Prime Minister, 50% selected Rudd and 30% selected Abbott.  The results for Rudd shifted slightly (-1%) since we last asked this question in December 2009. However, there has been a five percent increase in the number of people that prefer Abbott and a decrease in the number of people that don’t know (-5%). 

Results followed party lines – 92% of Labor voters chose Rudd and 74% of Coalition voters chose Abbott. 

 64% of Green voters selected Rudd and 11% of Green voters selected Abbott.

 People aged 65 years and over were more likely to think Abbott would make a better Prime Minister (42%), 18 – 24 year olds were more likely to indicate they don’t know who would make a better Prime Minister (28%).   Comments »

Better Prime Minister – Abbott or Gillard

Mar 22, 2010

Q. Who do you think would be the best Prime Minister out of Tony Abbott and Julia Gillard?

  %
Tony Abbott 37%
Julia Gillard 47%
Don’t know 17%

Just under half (47%) of those surveyed think that Gillard would make a better Prime Minister, 37% selected Abbott and 17% don’t know. 

 Results followed party lines – 78% of Labor voters selected Gillard and 79% of Coalition voters selected Abbott. 

61% of Green voters think that Gillard would make a better Prime Minister than Abbott.  

Males were more likely than females to select Abbott (40% v 34%).   46% of males and 47% of females chose Gillard.  

People aged 65 years and over were more likely to think Abbott would make a better Prime Minister (47%) and people aged 18 – 24 were more likely to indicate they don’t know (31%).  Comments »

Better Prime Minster – Rudd or Hockey

Mar 22, 2010

Q. And who do you think would be the best Prime Minister out of Kevin Rudd and Joe Hockey?

  %
Kevin Rudd 53%
Joe Hockey 27%
Don’t know 20%

In a choice between Rudd and Hockey as Prime Minister – over half (53%) think Rudd would make a better Prime Minister, 27% prefer Hockey and 20% don’t know. 

Results followed party lines – 88% of Labor voters prefer Rudd and 56% of Coalition voters prefer Hockey. 

Hockey performs better than Rudd amongst those that don’t know which party they will vote for in the next Federal election (50%). 

People aged 65 years and over were more likely to prefer Hockey (42%) and 18 – 24 year olds were more likely to indicate they don’t know (31%).  Comments »

Better Prime Minister

Feb 15, 2010

Q. Who do you think would make the better Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd or Julia Gillard?

  Total Male Female Labor Coalition Greens
Kevin Rudd 45% 50% 40% 69% 31% 39%
Julia Gillard 26% 23% 29% 22% 27% 42%
Don’t know  29% 27% 31% 9% 41% 19%

When it comes to who people think would make a better Prime Minister – 45% support Kevin Rudd, 26% support Julia Gillard and 29% don’t know.

Labor voters were more likely to support Rudd (69%), Green voters were more likely to support Gillard (42%) and Coalition voters were more likely to indicate they don’t know who would make a better Prime Minister (41%).

Males were more likely to think Rudd would make a better Prime Minister (50%), while females were more likely to prefer Gillard (29%).

In terms of age differences, support was strongest for Rudd amongst the 18 – 24 year olds (55%). Rudd’s support decreases as age increases with 40% of people aged 55 years and over favouring Rudd as Prime Minister.   Comments »

Preferred Liberal Party Leader

Nov 30, 2009

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

6 July 09

Total

17 Aug 09

Total

30 November 2009
Total Labor Coalition Greens
Joe Hockey 17% 16% 22% 27% 28% 14%
Malcolm Turnbull 13% 12% 14% 15% 20% 14%
Tony Abbott 7% 7% 9% 8% 13% 3%
Julie Bishop 8% 6% 6% 7% 5% 9%
Andrew Robb * 2% 2% 2% 2% *
Someone else 20% 24% 19% 19% 14% 27%
Don’t know 32% 33% 28% 22% 18% 33%

* Not asked. Brendan Nelson (3%) and Greg Hunt (1%) were included in the July poll.

22% of people think Joe Hockey would make the best leader of the Liberal Party, 14% prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 9% prefer Tony Abbott. Just under half (47%) do not think that any of those listed would be the best leader of the Liberal Party – 19% prefer someone else as leader and 28% don’t know.

28% of Coalition voters think that Joe Hockey would make the best leader of the Liberal party, 20% of these same voters prefer Malcolm Turnbull and 13% prefer Tony Abbott.  Labor voters were more likely to think that Joe Hockey would make the best leader (27%).

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