If a little more or much more favourable –
Q. And which of the following would you say has been the main reason for your view of Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party becoming more favourable in recent weeks?
|Tony Abbott is more in touch with ordinary Australians||21%|
|They would cut Government spending||20%|
|They oppose the 40% tax on mining companies||15%|
|They would be tough on asylum seekers||12%|
|Liberal Party is more united under Tony Abbott||11%|
|They oppose introduction of ETS to address climate change||9%|
|Some other reason||4%|
|No particular reason||8%|
Sample size = 269
The main reasons for having a more favourable view of Tony Abbott and the Liberal Party were that Tony Abbott is more in touch with ordinary Australians (21%) and the Liberals would cut Government spending (20%). Opposing the 40% tax on mining companies rated third with 15%.
For Coalition voters the main reasons were that Tony Abbott is more in touch with ordinary Australians (24%) and the Liberals would cut Government spending (24%).
27% of those on higher incomes (over $1,000 pw) said Tony Abbott is more in touch with ordinary Australians compared to 12% of those on lower incomes (under $1,000 pw).
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