Better Prime Minister

Sep 8, 2015

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

  Total   Vote Lab Vote Lib/
Nat
Vote Grn Vote Other   Oct 2013 June 2014 Dec 2014 Mar 2015 Jun 2015 Jul 2015 Aug 2015
Tony Abbott 32% 3% 77% 2% 21% 41% 36% 31% 33% 38% 37% 36%
Bill Shorten 35% 72% 5% 60% 23% 22% 40% 36% 37% 33% 30% 32%
Don’t know 32% 25% 17% 39% 56% 37% 24% 33% 30% 29% 33% 31%

32% (down 4% since July) of respondents think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister and 35% (up 3%) think Bill Shorten would make the better Prime Minister.

Women increasingly prefer Bill Shorten (35% up from 32% in July). Women are less likely to prefer Tony Abbot than in July (29% down from 36% in July).

35% of men prefer Tony Abbott and 36% prefer Bill Shorten.

Tony Abbott is the preferred PM in NSW (37% compared to 29% from Bill Shorten), but Bill Shorten is preferred in QLD (33% compared to 30%) and VIC (39% compared to 32%).

Tony Abbott leader at next election

Mar 31, 2015

Q. Do you think Tony Abbott is likely or unlikely to still be the leader of the Liberal Party at the next election?

  Total   Vote Labor Vote Lib/Nat Vote Greens Vote other   Total Dec 2014 Total Feb 2015
Likely 26% 11% 52% 8% 22% 29% 20%
Unlikely 57% 79% 29% 82% 55% 51% 61%
Don’t know 17% 9% 19% 10% 23% 20% 19%

57% (down 4% since February) think that Tony Abbott is unlikely to still be leader of the Liberal Party at the next election and 26% (up 6%) think it is likely.

79% (no change) of Labor voters and 82% (up 12%) of Greens voters think it is unlikely and 52% (up 16%) of Liberal/National voters think it is likely he will still be leader.

Tony Abbott leader at next election

Dec 16, 2014

Q. Do you think Tony Abbott is likely or unlikely to still be the leader of the Liberal Party at the next election?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

Likely

29%

16%

50%

19%

29%

Unlikely

51%

72%

29%

68%

60%

Don’t know

20%

12%

21%

13%

11%

51% think that Tony Abbott is unlikely to still be leader of the Liberal Party at the next election and 29% think it is likely.

72% of Labor voters and 68% of Greens voters think it is unlikely and 50% of Liberal/National voters think it is likely he will still be leader.

Prime Minister’s performance at G20

Nov 25, 2014

Q. How would you rate the Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s performance at the G20?

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

Total good

31%

11%

67%

4%

15%

Total poor

37%

59%

6%

75%

46%

Very good

9%

2%

22%

6%

Good

22%

9%

45%

4%

9%

Neither good nor poor

24%

23%

21%

20%

31%

Poor

13%

19%

6%

17%

15%

Very poor

24%

40%

*

58%

31%

Don’t know

9%

7%

5%

1%

9%

31% think that Tony Abbott’s performance at the G20 was good and 37% think it was poor – 24% think it was neither good nor poor.

Those most likely to rate his performance good were Liberal/National voters (67%) and respondents aged 65+ (52%).

Better Prime Minister

Aug 12, 2014

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

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/  Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

22 Oct 2013

14 Jan 

11 Feb

11 Mar

8 April

13 May

11 June

8 July

Tony Abbott

37%

6%

84%

6%

22%

41%

42%

40%

39%

42%

36%

36%

34%

Bill Shorten

36%

73%

2%

55%

31%

22%

31%

30%

33%

32%

37%

40%

37%

Don’t know

27%

22%

14%

39%

47%

37%

27%

31%

28%

26%

28%

24%

29%

37% (up 3% since July) of respondents think Tony Abbott would make the better Prime Minister and 36% (down 1%) think Bill Shorten would make the better Prime Minister.

Men prefer Tony Abbott 42% to 35% and women prefer Bill Shorten 36% to 33%.

Approval of Tony Abbott

Jul 8, 2014

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

 

Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/
Nat

Vote Greens

Vote Other

 

Tony Abbott as Opp. Leader

2 Sep 13

Tony Abbott as PM

24 Sep

14 Jan 2014

11 Mar

13 May

11 June

Total approve

34%

6%

77%

4%

26%

 

40%

41%

47%

40%

35%

35%

Total disapprove

58%

89%

16%

90%

69%

 

49%

36%

43%

47%

55%

58%

Strongly approve

8%

2%

20%

4%

2%

13%

14%

13%

11%

12%

10%

Approve

26%

4%

57%

24%

27%

27%

34%

29%

23%

25%

Disapprove

22%

25%

12%

23%

35%

19%

13%

18%

20%

18%

18%

Strongly disapprove

36%

64%

4%

67%

34%

30%

23%

25%

27%

37%

40%

Don’t know

7%

4%

7%

5%

5%

10%

23%

11%

12%

10%

7%

58% of respondents disapprove of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Prime Minister – no change since the last time this question was asked in June – and 34% approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing (down 1%).

77% (down 5%) of Liberal/National voters approve of Tony Abbott’s performance, with 16% (up 4%) disapproving. 89% of Labor voters and 90% of Greens voters disapprove of Tony Abbott’s performance.

By gender men were 36% approve/59% disapprove and women 32% approve/58% disapprove.

Trust in Tony Abbott representing Australia

Jun 17, 2014

Q. How much trust do you have in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations? 

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

26 Nov 13

Total a lot/some

35%

8%

81%

11%

25%

41%

Total little/no trust

59%

88%

19%

87%

71%

53%

A lot of trust

17%

3%

45%

1%

7%

20%

Some trust

18%

5%

36%

10%

18%

21%

A little trust

16%

16%

14%

12%

28%

18%

No trust

43%

72%

5%

75%

43%

35%

Don’t know

5%

5%

1%

1%

4%

7%

17% of people have “a lot of trust” in Tony Abbott and the Liberal Government to handle Australia’s international relations.

43% have no trust.

Labor (72%) and Greens (75%) voters were far more likely to have ‘no trust’. Liberal/National voters were far less likely (5%) to have no trust. 45% of Liberal/National voters have “a lot of trust”.

Since this question was asked in November, those saying they have a lot or some trust has declined by 6% and those saying they have no trust increased by 8%.

Tony Abbott representing Australia

Jun 17, 2014

Q. When you think of Tony Abbott representing Australia at international conferences and meetings, how confident are you that he will do a good job in representing Australia to the international community? 

 

 Total

 

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Vote other

 

Kevin Rudd

5 Oct 09

Total very/somewhat confident

45%

15%

91%

14%

44%

74%

Very confident

18%

3%

46%

2%

6%

31%

Somewhat confident

27%

12%

45%

12%

38%

43%

Not at all confident

50%

81%

8%

85%

54%

18%

Don’t know

5%

%

1%

1%

2%

8%

45% say they are very or somewhat confident that Tony Abbott will do a good job in representing Australia to the international community and 50% say they are not at all confident.

When this question was asked about Kevin Rudd in 2009, 74% said they were very/somewhat confident and only 18% said they were not at all confident.

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