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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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Approval of Julia Gillard

Jan 17, 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
Total approve 41% 48% 52% 46% 45% 45% 43% 43% 51%
Total disapprove 47% 27% 30% 40% 37% 37% 38% 40% 36%
Strongly approve 7% 14% 11% 13% 12% 10% 7% 10% 8%
Approve 34% 34% 41% 33% 33% 36% 36% 33% 43%
Disapprove 25% 13% 17% 24% 21% 20% 23% 24% 24%
Strongly disapprove 22% 14% 13% 16% 16% 17% 15% 16% 12%
Don’t know 12% 26% 18% 13% 19% 18% 18% 17% 14%

51% (up 8%) approve of the job Julia Gillard is doing as Prime Minister and 36% (down 4%) disapprove – a change in net rating from +3 to +15 over the last 4 weeks.

89% of Labor voters approve and 6% disapprove.

By gender – men 51% approve/37% disapprove, women 50% approve/35% disapprove.

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Better Prime Minister

Jan 17, 2011

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

5 Jul 16 Aug 20 Sep 18 Oct 22 Nov 20 Dec 17 Jan 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% 89% 10% 78% 47%
Tony Abbott 26% 35% 35% 33% 34% 34% 32% 2% 70% 3% 30%
Don’t know 21% 19% 18% 17% 21% 21% 21% 9% 20% 19% 23%

47% believe Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 32% prefer Tony Abbott – a net increase for Julia Gillard of 4% on last month’s figures (from  +11% to +15%).

Men favour Julia Gillard over Tony Abbott 48%/33% and women 47%/31%.

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Approval of Julia Gillard

Dec 20, 2010

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 26 Jul 2 Aug 9 Aug 16 Aug 20 Sep 18 Oct 22 Nov 20 Dec
Total approve 41% 48% 52% 49% 46% 45% 46% 45% 45% 43% 43%
Total disapprove 47% 27% 30% 33% 38% 40% 40% 37% 37% 38% 40%
Strongly approve 7% 14% 11% 12% 10% 13% 13% 12% 10% 7% 10%
Approve 34% 34% 41% 37% 36% 32% 33% 33% 36% 36% 33%
Disapprove 25% 13% 17% 19% 23% 24% 24% 21% 20% 23% 24%
Strongly disapprove 22% 14% 13% 14% 15% 16% 16% 16% 17% 15% 16%
Don’t know 12% 26% 18% 17% 15% 15% 13% 19% 18% 18% 17%

43% (no change) approve of the job Julia Gillard is doing as Prime Minister and 40% (up 2%) disapprove – a change in net rating from +5 to +3.

85% of Labor voters approve and 7% disapprove.

By gender – men 44% approve/42% disapprove, women 41% approve/37% disapprove.

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Better Prime Minister

Dec 20, 2010

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

5 Jul 16 Aug 20 Sep 18 Oct 22 Nov 20 Dec Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Kevin Rudd v Tony Abbott

21 Jun 10

Julia Gillard 53% 46% 47% 49% 45% 45% 88% 8% 72% 47%
Tony Abbott 26% 35% 35% 33% 34% 34% 3% 74% 7% 30%
Don’t know 21% 19% 18% 17% 21% 21% 9% 18% 21% 23%

45% believe Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 34% prefer Tony Abbott – no change last month’s figures.

Men favour Julia Gillard over Tony Abbott 45%/39% and women 45%/29%.

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Approval of Julia Gillard

Nov 22, 2010

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 26 Jul 2 Aug 9 Aug 16 Aug 20 Sep 18 Oct 22 Nov
Total approve 41% 48% 52% 49% 46% 45% 46% 45% 45% 43%
Total disapprove 47% 27% 30% 33% 38% 40% 40% 37% 37% 38%
Strongly approve 7% 14% 11% 12% 10% 13% 13% 12% 10% 7%
Approve 34% 34% 41% 37% 36% 32% 33% 33% 36% 36%
Disapprove 25% 13% 17% 19% 23% 24% 24% 21% 20% 23%
Strongly disapprove 22% 14% 13% 14% 15% 16% 16% 16% 17% 15%
Don’t know 12% 26% 18% 17% 15% 15% 13% 19% 18% 18%

43% (down 2%) approve of the job Julia Gillard is doing as Prime Minister and 38% (up 1%) disapprove – a change in net rating from +8 to +5.

87% of Labor voters approve and 4% disapprove.

By gender – men 39% approve/44% disapprove, women 47% approve/33% disapprove. Men have shifted from a net rating of  +4 to -5 while women have changed from +10 to +14.

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