Reducing the Deficit

May 17, 2010

Q. Do you think that with this Budget, the Government has done enough to reduce the deficit and return the budget to surplus in the next few years?

  Total Vote Labor Vote Liberal/ National
Has done enough 31% 59% 12%
Hasn’t done enough 39% 16% 69%
Don’t know 31% 26% 20%

 31% think that the Government has done enough to reduce the deficit and 39% think they have not done enough. Responses mostly followed party preferences – 59% of Labor voters think they have done enough and 69% of Coalition voters think they have not done enough. Greens voters split 40% enough/31% not enough. Comments »

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 »

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 »

Approval of the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd

May 3, 2010

Q. Do you strongly approve, approve, disapprove or strongly disapprove of the job Kevin Rudd is doing as Prime Minister?

  30 Mar 09 29 Jun 09 28 Sept 09 30 Nov 09 14 Dec 09 18 Jan 10 22 Feb 10 29 Mar 10 3 May 10
Strongly approve 21% 14% 15% 9% 10% 11% 11% 12% 8%
Approve 50% 48% 51% 47% 47% 44% 41% 41% 38%
Disapprove 14% 18% 17% 20% 20% 19% 20% 22% 25%
Strongly disapprove 7% 9% 6% 15% 12% 14% 17% 14% 17%
Don’t know 9% 11% 11% 10% 10% 12% 11% 12% 12%
Total approve 71% 62% 66% 56% 57% 55% 52% 53% 46%
Total disapprove 21% 29% 23% 35% 32% 33% 37% 36% 42%

Kevin Rudd’s approval rating has fallen to the lowest recorded since he became Prime Minister. 46% approve (down 7%) of the job Kevin Rudd is doing as Prime Minister and 42% disapprove (up 6%).

90% of Labor voters approve and 5% disapprove. 12% of Liberal/National voters approve and 81% disapprove.

 Those aged over 55 are more likely to disapprove – 38% approve and 57% disapprove.

Attributes to describe Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd

Mar 1, 2010

Q.  Which of the following describe your opinion of the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd?

  29 June 09 7 Dec 09 1 March 10 Difference from Jun 09 Difference from Dec 09
Intelligent 84% 82% 82% -2%
Hard-working 83% 77% 77% -6%
A capable leader 72% 69% 65% -7% -4%
Demanding 67% 60% 55% -12% -5%
Arrogant 46% 49% 45% -1% -4%
Out of touch with ordinary people 41% 45% 45% +4%
Understands the problems facing Australia 67% 59% 62% -5% +3%
Visionary 49% 48% 44% -5% -4%
Superficial 40% 41% 46% +6% +5%
Good in a crisis 60% 58% 56% -4% -2%
Narrow-minded 32% 36% 36% +4%
Down to earth 56% 55% 57% +1% +2%
Too inflexible 32% 38% 38% +6%
Complacent 28% 38% 40% +12% +2%
More honest than most politicians 47% 49% 47% -2%
Trustworthy n/a 51% 51%

Comparing our June 2009 results with those obtained this week, Rudd has gained points in terms of appearing complacent (+12%), superficial (+6%) and too inflexible (+6%).  He has lost the most ground in terms of appearing as demanding (-12%), a capable leader (-7%) and hard-working (-6%).

Comparing this week’s results with those obtained in December 2009, Rudd has gained the most ground in terms of appearing superficial (+5%) and lost the most ground in terms of appearing demanding (-5%), arrogant (-4%), visionary (-4%) and as a capable leader (-4%).   Comments »

Approval of the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd

Feb 22, 2010

Q. Do you strongly approve, approve, disapprove or strongly disapprove of the job Kevin Rudd is doing as Prime Minister?

  9 Feb 09 30 Mar 09 18 May 09 29 Jun 09 10 Aug 09 28 Sept 09 9 Nov 09 30 Nov 09 14 Dec 09 18 Jan 10 22 Feb 10
Strongly approve 17% 21% 14% 14% 13% 15% 14% 9% 10% 11% 11%
Approve 50% 50% 48% 48% 47% 51% 47% 47% 47% 44% 41%
Disapprove 15% 14% 18% 18% 17% 17% 19% 20% 20% 19% 20%
Strongly disapprove 8% 7% 11% 9% 10% 6% 13% 15% 12% 14% 17%
Don’t know 9% 9% 9% 11% 12% 11% 8% 10% 10% 12% 11%
Total approve 67% 71% 62% 62% 60% 66% 61% 56% 57% 55% 52%
Total disapprove 23% 21% 29% 29% 27% 23% 32% 35% 32% 33% 37%

 Just over half (52%) of those surveyed approve of the job Kevin Rudd is doing as Prime Minister, 37% disapprove and 11% don’t know.  This gives Kevin Rudd a net approval rating of +15%. 

 Rudd has the lowest approval rating and the highest disapproval rating that has been reported in the Essential Report since we began asking this question in 2008.

 Results followed party lines – Labor voters were more likely to approve of the job Rudd is doing (92%), while Coalition voters were more likely to disapprove (78%).  17% of Coalition voters approve of the job Rudd is doing as Prime Minister.

 59% of Green voters approve of the job Rudd is doing, while 30% of these same voters disapprove. 

 People aged 18 – 24 were more likely to approve of the job Rudd is doing (59%), while people aged 65 years and over were more likely to disapprove (59%).  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 »

Approval of the PM, Kevin Rudd

Dec 14, 2009

Q. Do you strongly approve, approve, disapprove or strongly disapprove of the job Kevin Rudd is doing as Prime Minister?

12 Jan 09 9 Feb 09 30 Mar 09 18 May 09 29 Jun 09 10 Aug 09 28 Sept 09 9 Nov 09 30 Nov 09 14 Dec 09
Strongly approve 14% 17% 21% 14% 14% 13% 15% 14% 9% 10%
Approve 52% 50% 50% 48% 48% 47% 51% 47% 47% 47%
Disapprove 16% 15% 14% 18% 18% 17% 17% 19% 20% 20%
Strongly disapprove 6% 8% 7% 11% 9% 10% 6% 13% 15% 12%
Don’t know 11% 9% 9% 9% 11% 12% 11% 8% 10% 10%
Total approve 66% 67% 71% 62% 62% 60% 66% 61% 56% 57%
Total disapprove 22% 23% 21% 29% 29% 27% 23% 32% 35% 32%

Kevin Rudd’s approval rating has increased slightly since we last asked this question (+1%) and his disapproval rating has decreased slightly (-3%).

Opinion followed party lines – Labor voters were more likely to approve (92%) while Coalition voters were more likely to disapprove (74%).  18% of Coalition voters approve of the job Kevin Rudd is doing as Prime Minister.

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