Better Prime Minister

May 9, 2011

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

5 Jul 2010 20 Sep 20 Dec 17 Jan 2011 14 Feb 14 Mar 11 Apr 9 May Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Kevin Rudd v Tony Abbott

21 Jun 10

Julia Gillard 53% 47% 45% 47% 48% 44% 42% 43% 91% 7% 71% 47%
Tony Abbott 26% 35% 34% 32% 31% 33% 33% 35% 4% 76% 2% 30%
Don’t know 21% 18% 21% 21% 20% 23% 24% 22% 5% 17% 27% 23%

43% believe Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 35% prefer Tony Abbott – a net decrease for Julia Gillard of 1% on last month’s figures (from +9% to +8%).

Men are split 41%/41% and women favour Julia Gillard 45%/29%.

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Better Prime Minister

Apr 11, 2011

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

5 Jul 2010 20 Sep 20 Dec 17 Jan 2011 14 Feb 2011 14 Mar 2011 11 Apr 2011 Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Kevin Rudd v Tony Abbott

21 Jun 10

Julia Gillard 53% 47% 45% 47% 48% 44% 42% 86% 8% 75% 47%
Tony Abbott 26% 35% 34% 32% 31% 33% 33% 2% 72% 5% 30%
Don’t know 21% 18% 21% 21% 20% 23% 24% 12% 20% 20% 23%

42% believe Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 33% prefer Tony Abbott – a net decrease for Julia Gillard of 2% on last month’s figures (from +11% to +9%).

Men favour Julia Gillard over Tony Abbott 42%/38% and women 42%/29%.

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Approval of Julia Gillard

Mar 14, 2011

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

Kevin Rudd Julia Gillard
31 May

2010

5 Jul 19 Jul 16 Aug 20 Sep 18 Oct 22 Nov 20 Dec 17 Jan 2011 14 Feb 14 Mar
Total approve 41% 48% 52% 46% 45% 45% 43% 43% 51% 48% 41%
Total disapprove 47% 27% 30% 40% 37% 37% 38% 40% 36% 41% 46%
Strongly approve 7% 14% 11% 13% 12% 10% 7% 10% 8% 9% 7%
Approve 34% 34% 41% 33% 33% 36% 36% 33% 43% 39% 34%
Disapprove 25% 13% 17% 24% 21% 20% 23% 24% 24% 25% 22%
Strongly disapprove 22% 14% 13% 16% 16% 17% 15% 16% 12% 16% 24%
Don’t know 12% 26% 18% 13% 19% 18% 18% 17% 14% 11% 13%

41% (down 7%) approve of the job Julia Gillard is doing as Prime Minister and 46% (up 5%) disapprove – a change in net rating from +7 to -5 over the last 4 weeks.

87% of Labor voters approve and 7% disapprove.

By gender – men 41% approve/49% disapprove, women 42% approve/43% disapprove.

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Better Prime Minister

Mar 14, 2011

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

5 Jul 2010 20 Sep 20 Dec 17 Jan 2011 14 Feb 2011 14 Mar 2011 Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Kevin Rudd v Tony Abbott

21 Jun 10

Julia Gillard 53% 47% 45% 47% 48% 44% 88% 8% 73% 47%
Tony Abbott 26% 35% 34% 32% 31% 33% 3% 70% 4% 30%
Don’t know 21% 18% 21% 21% 20% 23% 9% 22% 22% 23%

44% believe Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 33% prefer Tony Abbott – a net decrease for Julia Gillard of 6% on last month’s figures (from +17% to +11%).

Men favour Julia Gillard over Tony Abbott 42%/37% and women 46%/29%.

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Leadership or Broken Promise

Mar 7, 2011

Q. Tony Abbott and the opposition claim this is a ‘backflip’ on a promise Prime Minister Gillard made before the 2010 election not to introduce a carbon tax in the next term of parliament. Which of the following statements is closest to your view:

Total Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens
The Prime Minister has broken an election promise and should wait until after the next election before introducing a carbon pollution tax 59% 33% 86% 26%
The Prime Minister is showing strong leadership on an issue of national importance 27% 51% 7% 67%
Don’t know 13% 16% 7% 7%

59% agree are more likely to think that the Prime Minister has broken an election promise and should wait until after the next election before introducing a carbon pollution tax and 27% believe she is showing strong leadership on an issue of national importance.

Opinions are strongly related to voting intention although a substantial minority (33%) of Labor voters agree that the Prime Minister has broken an election promise and should wait.

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Approval of Julia Gillard

Feb 14, 2011

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

Kevin Rudd Julia Gillard
31 May 5 Jul 19 Jul 16 Aug 20 Sep 18 Oct 22 Nov 20 Dec 17 Jan 2011 14 Feb 2011
Total approve 41% 48% 52% 46% 45% 45% 43% 43% 51% 48%
Total disapprove 47% 27% 30% 40% 37% 37% 38% 40% 36% 41%
Strongly approve 7% 14% 11% 13% 12% 10% 7% 10% 8% 9%
Approve 34% 34% 41% 33% 33% 36% 36% 33% 43% 39%
Disapprove 25% 13% 17% 24% 21% 20% 23% 24% 24% 25%
Strongly disapprove 22% 14% 13% 16% 16% 17% 15% 16% 12% 16%
Don’t know 12% 26% 18% 13% 19% 18% 18% 17% 14% 11%

48% (down 3%) approve of the job Julia Gillard is doing as Prime Minister and 41% (up 5%) disapprove – a change in net rating from +15 to +7 over the last 4 weeks.

88% of Labor voters approve and 8% disapprove.

By gender – men 45% approve/45% disapprove, women 51% approve/36% disapprove.

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Better Prime Minister

Feb 14, 2011


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

5 Jul 2010 16 Aug 20 Sep 18 Oct 22 Nov 20 Dec 17 Jan 2011 14 Feb 2011 Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Kevin Rudd v Tony Abbott

21 Jun 10

Julia Gillard 53% 46% 47% 49% 45% 45% 47% 48% 89% 7% 81% 47%
Tony Abbott 26% 35% 35% 33% 34% 34% 32% 31% 4% 73% 6% 30%
Don’t know 21% 19% 18% 17% 21% 21% 21% 20% 8% 20% 16% 23%

48% believe Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 31% prefer Tony Abbott – a net increase for Julia Gillard of 2% on last month’s figures (from +15% to +17%).

Men favour Julia Gillard over Tony Abbott 45%/36% and women 52%/26%.

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Attributes to describe the Prime Minister

Feb 7, 2011

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

5 Jul 10 4 Oct 10 7 Feb 11 Difference
Intelligent 87% 81% 75% -6%
Hard-working 89% 82% 76% -6%
A capable leader 72% 59% 52% -7%
Arrogant 37% 39% 44% +5%
Out of touch with ordinary people 35% 44% 50% +6%
Understands the problems facing Australia 68% 55% 52% -3%
Visionary 48% 38% 30% -8%
Superficial 51% *
Good in a crisis 61% 46% 46%
Narrow-minded 28% 35% 43% +8%
More honest than most politicians 45% 37% 37%
Trustworthy 49% 42% 40% -2%

Julia Gillard’s key attributes were hard-working (76%) and intelligent (75%).

Major changes since this question was asked in October 2010 were increases of 8% for narrow-minded (to 43%) and 6% for out of touch (to 50%) and decreases for visionary (down 8% to 30%), a capable leader (down 7% to 52%), intelligent (down 6% to 75%) and hard-working (down 6% to 76%).

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