Attributes to describe the Prime Minister

Apr 2, 2012

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

 

5 Jul 10

4 Oct 10

7 Feb 11

27 Jun 11

2 Apr 12

Difference

Intelligent

87%

81%

75%

73%

61%

-12%

Hard-working

89%

82%

76%

75%

65%

-10%

A capable leader

72%

59%

52%

42%

38%

-4%

Arrogant

37%

39%

44%

48%

53%

+5%

Out of touch with ordinary people

35%

44%

50%

60%

65%

+5%

Understands the problems facing Australia

68%

55%

52%

44%

41%

-3%

Visionary

48%

38%

30%

26%

25%

-1%

Superficial

51%

52%

54%

+2%

Good in a crisis

61%

46%

46%

41%

36%

-5%

Narrow-minded

28%

35%

43%

46%

53%

+7%

More honest than most politicians

45%

37%

37%

29%

26%

-3%

Trustworthy

49%

42%

40%

30%

25%

-5%

Julia Gillard’s key attributes were hard-working (65%), out of touch with ordinary people (65%) and intelligent (61%).

Major changes since this question was asked in June last year were decreases for intelligent (-12%), hard-working (-10%) and an increase of 7% for narrow-minded.

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Approval of Julia Gillard

Mar 12, 2012

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Julia Gillard is doing as Prime Minister?

 

19 Jul 2010

20 Dec 2010

14 Mar

2011

14 June

12 Sept

17 Oct

14 Nov

12 Dec

16 Jan 2012

13 Feb

12 Mar

Total approve

52%

43%

41%

34%

28%

34%

37%

34%

37%

36%

32%

Total disapprove

30%

40%

46%

54%

64%

59%

55%

54%

52%

53%

61%

Strongly approve

11%

10%

7%

6%

5%

7%

8%

6%

6%

6%

8%

Approve

41%

33%

34%

28%

23%

27%

29%

28%

31%

30%

24%

Disapprove

17%

24%

22%

29%

28%

27%

25%

25%

27%

26%

29%

Strongly disapprove

13%

16%

24%

25%

36%

32%

30%

29%

25%

27%

32%

Don’t know

18%

17%

13%

13%

8%

7%

9%

11%

12%

11%

7%

Julia Gillard’s approval rating has dropped substantially since last month. 32% (down 4%) approve of the job Julia Gillard is doing as Prime Minister and 61% (up 8%) disapprove – a change in net rating from -17 to -29 over the last 4 weeks. This is her lowest rating since September.

75% of Labor voters approve (down 4%) and 20% disapprove (up 6%).

By gender – men 32% approve/62% disapprove, women 32% approve/60% disapprove.

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Better Prime Minister

Mar 12, 2012

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

 

5 Jul 2010

14 Mar

14 June

12 Sept

17 Oct

14 Nov

12 Dec

16 Jan 2012

13 Feb

12 Mar

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Julia Gillard

53%

44%

41%

36%

38%

41%

39%

39%

41%

40%

84%

6%

74%

Tony Abbott

26%

33%

36%

40%

39%

36%

35%

36%

34%

37%

4%

76%

5%

Don’t know

21%

23%

24%

24%

23%

24%

26%

25%

25%

23%

12%

18%

21%

40% (down 1%) believe Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 37% (up 3%) prefer Tony Abbott – a net change from +7% to +3% for Julia Gillard.

Both men and women prefer Julia Gillard 40%/37%.

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Approval of Julia Gillard

Feb 13, 2012

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Julia Gillard is doing as Prime Minister?

19 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 52% 43% 41% 34% 28% 34% 37% 34% 37% 36%
Total disapprove 30% 40% 46% 54% 64% 59% 55% 54% 52% 53%
Strongly approve 11% 10% 7% 6% 5% 7% 8% 6% 6% 6%
Approve 41% 33% 34% 28% 23% 27% 29% 28% 31% 30%
Disapprove 17% 24% 22% 29% 28% 27% 25% 25% 27% 26%
Strongly disapprove 13% 16% 24% 25% 36% 32% 30% 29% 25% 27%
Don’t know 18% 17% 13% 13% 8% 7% 9% 11% 12% 11%

Julia Gillard’s approval rating has remained much the same as last month. 36% (down 1%) approve of the job Julia Gillard is doing as Prime Minister and 53% (up 1%) disapprove – a change in net rating from -15 to -17 over the last 4 weeks.

79% of Labor voters approve (up 3%) and 14% disapprove (down 1%).

By gender – men 39% approve/53% disapprove, women 34% approve/52% disapprove.

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Better Prime Minister

Feb 13, 2012

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

5 Jul 2010 14 Mar 14 June 12 Sept 17 Oct 14 Nov 12 Dec 16 Jan 2012 13 Feb Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Julia Gillard 53% 44% 41% 36% 38% 41% 39% 39% 41% 85% 5% 76%
Tony Abbott 26% 33% 36% 40% 39% 36% 35% 36% 34% 3% 73% 7%
Don’t know 21% 23% 24% 24% 23% 24% 26% 25% 25% 12% 22% 17%

41% (up 2%) believe Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 34% (down 2%) prefer Tony Abbott – a net change from +3% to +7% for Julia Gillard. This is Julia Gillard’s best result since May last year.

Men prefer Julia Gillard 42%/37% and women favour Julia Gillard 40%/32%.

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Australia’s Best Prime Minister

Jan 30, 2012

Q. Choosing from the following list, who do you think has been Australia’s best Prime Minister?

Term of office Total

19 Jan 2009

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Aged 18-34 Aged 35-54 Aged 55+
John Curtin 7 Oct 1941 – 5 Jul 1945 4% 2% 4% 1% 3% 1% 2% 3%
Ben Chifley 13 Jul 1945 – 19 Dec 1949 2% 1% 2% 1% 1% 1% 1% 3%
Robert Menzies 19 Dec 1949 – 26 Jan 1966 11% 11% 4% 18% 4% 4% 8% 21%
Harold Holt 26 Jan 1966 – 19 Dec 1967 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 1%
John Gorton 10 Jan 1968 – 10 Mar1971 1%
William McMahon 10 Mar 1971 – 5 Dec 1972 1%
Gough Whitlam 5 Dec 1972 – 11 Nov 1975 9% 9% 15% 1% 18% 8% 9% 10%
Malcolm Fraser 11 Nov 1975 – 11 Mar 1983 3% 3% 1% 3% 6% 3% 6%
Bob Hawke 11 Mar 1983 – 20 Dec 1991 12% 15% 23% 5% 22% 12% 21% 10%
Paul Keating 20 Dec 1991 – 11 Mar 1996 8% 6% 12% 2% 10% 7% 6% 4%
John Howard 11 Mar 1996 – 3 Dec 2007 28% 33% 8% 61% 5% 33% 31% 35%
Kevin Rudd 3 Dec 2007 – 24 Jun 2010 20% 15% 21% 6% 27% 25% 15% 6%
Julia Gillard 24 Jun 2010 – present na 3% 8% 4% 6% 2% 2%

Note: Percentages based on those who gave an answer.

33% thought that John Howard has been Australia’s best Prime Minister, 15% chose Kevin Rudd and 15% Bob Hawke.

Among Liberal/National voters, 61% chose John Howard and 18% Robert Menzies. With 23%, Bob Hawke received the highest rating from Labor voters, just ahead of Kevin Rudd on 21% with Gough Whitlam on 15%. Greens voters favoured Kevin Rudd (27%) and Bob Hawke (22%).

While John Howard received similar scores across age groups, the 18-34 group were more likely to favour Kevin Rudd (25%), the 35-54’s Bob Hawke (21%) and the 55+ group Robert Menzies (21%). Compared to the results when this question was asked 3 years ago (when Kevin Rudd was Prime Minister), John Howard (+5%) and Bob Hawke (+3%) have improved their ratings while Kevin Rudd’s has dropped 5%.

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Approval of Julia Gillard

Jan 16, 2012

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Julia Gillard is doing as Prime Minister?

19 Jul 2010 20 Dec 2010 14 Mar

2011

14 June 12 Sept 17 Oct 14 Nov 12 Dec 16 Jan 2012
Total approve 52% 43% 41% 34% 28% 34% 37% 34% 37%
Total disapprove 30% 40% 46% 54% 64% 59% 55% 54% 52%
Strongly approve 11% 10% 7% 6% 5% 7% 8% 6% 6%
Approve 41% 33% 34% 28% 23% 27% 29% 28% 31%
Disapprove 17% 24% 22% 29% 28% 27% 25% 25% 27%
Strongly disapprove 13% 16% 24% 25% 36% 32% 30% 29% 25%
Don’t know 18% 17% 13% 13% 8% 7% 9% 11% 12%

Julia Gillard’s approval rating has improved a little since last month. 37% (up 3%) approve of the job Julia Gillard is doing as Prime Minister and 52% (down 2%) disapprove – a change in net rating from -20 to -15 over the last 5 weeks. This is the best net rating for the Prime Minister since May last year.

76% of Labor voters approve (up 3%) and 15% disapprove (down 4%).

By gender – men 34% approve/57% disapprove, women 37% approve/47% disapprove.

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Better Prime Minister

Jan 16, 2012

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

5 Jul 2010 14 Mar 14 June 12 Sept 17 Oct 14 Nov 12 Dec 16 Jan 2012 Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
Julia Gillard 53% 44% 41% 36% 38% 41% 39% 39% 83% 5% 69%
Tony Abbott 26% 33% 36% 40% 39% 36% 35% 36% 5% 76% 4%
Don’t know 21% 23% 24% 24% 23% 24% 26% 25% 12% 20% 27%

39% believe Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 36% prefer Tony Abbott – no significant change from last month’s result.

Men prefer Tony Abbott 41%/37% and women favour Julia Gillard 41%/31%.

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