Handling of Craig Thomson Issue

Jun 4, 2012

Q. How would you rate the way each of the following have handled this issue concerning Craig Thomson?

 

Total good

Total poor

Very good

Good

Neither good nor poor

Poor

Very poor

Don’t know

Julia Gillard and the Labor Party

15%

49%

5%

10%

20%

18%

31%

16%

Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party

19%

40%

5%

14%

24%

16%

24%

17%

Craig Thomson

6%

56%

1%

5%

21%

19%

37%

16%

The media

20%

37%

3%

17%

29%

16%

21%

14%

Overall, respondents believed that all parties have handled the Craig Thomson issue poorly.

37% thought the media has handled it poorly, 40% Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party, 49% Julia Gillard and the Labor Party and 56% Craig Thomson himself. Only 6% thought Craig Thomson’s handling of the issue was good.

42% of Labor voters thought Julia Gillard and the Labor Party’s handling of the issue was good compared to 37% of Coalition voters who thought Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party’s handling was good.

In terms of the media, 52% of Labor voters, 57% of Greens voters and 49% of those aged 55+ thought their handling was poor.

For union members, 29% thought Julia Gillard and the Labor Party’s handling was good, 21% Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party, 14% Craig Thomson himself and 28% the media.

Approval of Tony Abbott

May 14, 2012

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

 

18 Jan

2010

5 Jul

2010

20 Dec 2010

14 Mar

2011

14 June

12 Sept

12 Dec

16 Jan 2012

13 Feb

12 Mar

16 Apr

14 May

Total approve

37%

37%

39%

38%

38%

39%

32%

35%

35%

36%

38%

36%

Total disapprove

37%

47%

39%

47%

48%

50%

53%

51%

53%

52%

50%

53%

Strongly approve

5%

8%

9%

7%

6%

8%

6%

7%

6%

7%

7%

7%

Approve

32%

29%

30%

31%

32%

31%

26%

28%

29%

29%

31%

29%

Disapprove

20%

23%

21%

24%

25%

23%

25%

25%

23%

23%

23%

24%

Strongly disapprove

17%

24%

18%

23%

23%

27%

28%

26%

30%

29%

27%

29%

Don’t know

26%

16%

22%

16%

15%

11%

14%

13%

12%

12%

13%

11%

Tony Abbott’s approval rating has declined a little over the last month. 36% (down 2%) approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader and 53% (up 3%) disapprove – a change in net rating from -12 to -17 over the last 4 weeks.

71% (down 1%) of Coalition voters approve and 19% (up 2%) disapprove.

By gender – men 38% approve/53% disapprove, women 33% approve/53% disapprove.

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Better Prime Minister

May 14, 2012

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

 

5 Jul 2010

14 Mar 2011

14 June

12 Sept

12 Dec

16 Jan 2012

13 Feb

12 Mar

16 Apr

14 May

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Julia Gillard

53%

44%

41%

36%

39%

39%

41%

40%

38%

38%

83%

4%

69%

Tony Abbott

26%

33%

36%

40%

35%

36%

34%

37%

36%

37%

3%

79%

5%

Don’t know

21%

23%

24%

24%

26%

25%

25%

23%

25%

24%

15%

17%

27%

38% (no change) believe Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 37% (up 1%) prefer Tony Abbott – a net change from +2% to +1% for Julia Gillard.

Men prefer Tony Abbott 39%/37% and women prefer Julia Gillard 39%/36%.

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Best Leader of the Liberal Party

Apr 23, 2012

Q. Which of the following do you think would make the best leader of the Liberal Party?

 

27 Sep 2010

28 Feb 2011

30 May 2011

Total

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Tony Abbott

26%

24%

22%

23%

11%

39%

3%

Malcolm Turnbull

20%

18%

25%

30%

37%

26%

53%

Joe Hockey

15%

16%

17%

14%

12%

17%

12%

Julie Bishop

5%

4%

3%

5%

4%

5%

5%

Andrew Robb

na

1%

1%

1%

2%

1%

Someone else

na

14%

13%

12%

16%

6%

18%

Don’t know

33%

22%

19%

16%

18%

7%

10

30% (+5%) think Malcolm Turnbull would make the best leader of the Liberal Party, 23% (+1%) prefer Tony Abbott and 14% (-3%) Joe Hockey.

Among Liberal/National voters, 39% (-1%) prefer Tony Abbott, 26% (+7%) Malcolm Turnbull and 17% (-5%) Joe Hockey.

Malcolm Turnbull is preferred by 33% of men and 28% of women, Tony Abbott by 26% of men and 19% of women.

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Better Prime Minister

Apr 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 2011

14 June

12 Sept

17 Oct

14 Nov

12 Dec

16 Jan 2012

13 Feb

12 Mar

16 Apr

Vote Labor

Vote Lib/Nat

Vote Greens

Julia Gillard

53%

44%

41%

36%

38%

41%

39%

39%

41%

40%

38%

81%

6%

69%

Tony Abbott

26%

33%

36%

40%

39%

36%

35%

36%

34%

37%

36%

2%

74%

7%

Don’t know

21%

23%

24%

24%

23%

24%

26%

25%

25%

23%

25%

16%

20%

24%

38% (down 2%) believe Julia Gillard would make the better Prime Minister and 36% (down 1%) prefer Tony Abbott – a net change from +3% to +2% for Julia Gillard.

Men prefer Tony Abbott 41%/36% and women prefer Julia Gillard 41%/32%.

 

Attributes to describe the Opposition Leader

Apr 2, 2012

Q.  Which of the following describe your opinion of the Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott?

 

 

5 Jul 10

4 Oct 10

7 Feb 11

27 Jun 11

2 Apr 12

Change

Intelligent

70%

71%

64%

61%

56%

-5%

Hard-working

76%

78%

72%

75%

68%

-7%

A capable leader

47%

52%

48%

45%

41%

-4%

Arrogant

59%

60%

58%

60%

61%

+1%

Out of touch with ordinary people

57%

53%

54%

57%

54%

-3%

Understands the problems facing Australia

50%

53%

50%

48%

49%

+1%

Visionary

32%

31%

27%

27%

26%

-1%

Superficial

45%

49%

49%

Good in a crisis

40%

42%

41%

40%

36%

-4%

Narrow-minded

56%

53%

51%

54%

54%

More honest than most politicians

33%

32%

31%

32%

30%

-2%

Trustworthy

33%

35%

34%

32%

32%

Tony Abbott’s key attributes were hard-working (68%), arrogant (61%) and intelligent (56%).

Major changes since this question was asked in June last year were decreases for hard-working (-7%) and intelligent (-5%).

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Comparison of Leader Attributes

Apr 2, 2012
 

Julia Gillard

Tony Abbott

Difference

Intelligent

61%

56%

+5%

Hard-working

65%

68%

-3%

A capable leader

38%

41%

-3%

Arrogant

53%

61%

-8%

Out of touch with ordinary people

65%

54%

+11%

Understands the problems facing Australia

41%

49%

-8%

Visionary

25%

26%

-1%

Superficial

54%

49%

+5%

Good in a crisis

36%

36%

Narrow-minded

53%

54%

-1%

More honest than most politicians

26%

30%

-4%

Trustworthy

25%

32%

-7%

Julia Gillard rates higher than Tony Abbott on out of touch with ordinary people (+11%), intelligent (+5%) and superficial (+5%).

She rates lower than Tony Abbott on arrogant (-8%), understands the problems facing Australia (-8%) and trustworthy (-7%).

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Approval of Tony Abbott

Mar 12, 2012

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

18 Jan

2010

5 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

37%

37%

39%

38%

38%

39%

40%

36%

32%

35%

35%

36%

Total disapprove

37%

47%

39%

47%

48%

50%

51%

52%

53%

51%

53%

52%

Strongly approve

5%

8%

9%

7%

6%

8%

8%

6%

6%

7%

6%

7%

Approve

32%

29%

30%

31%

32%

31%

32%

30%

26%

28%

29%

29%

Disapprove

20%

23%

21%

24%

25%

23%

23%

26%

25%

25%

23%

23%

Strongly disapprove

17%

24%

18%

23%

23%

27%

28%

26%

28%

26%

30%

29%

Don’t know

26%

16%

22%

16%

15%

11%

9%

12%

14%

13%

12%

12%

Tony Abbott’s approval rating has changed little over the last month. 36% (up 1%) approve of the job Tony Abbott is doing as Opposition Leader and 52% (down 1%) disapprove – a change in net rating from -18 to -16 over the last 4 weeks.

70% (up 3%) of Coalition voters approve and 21% (no change) disapprove.

By gender – men 37% approve/54% disapprove, women 36% approve/49% disapprove.

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