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Jun 18, 2012

Essential: we trust the leaders-in-waiting more than the leaders

Kevin Rudd and Malcolm Turnbull are trusted more than either of their leaders by voters, today's Essential Report shows, while Labor and unions are seen as the target of media bias.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Kevin Rudd is more trusted to act in the community’s interest than any other significant political figure, according to polling from Essential Research, which also shows Labor has failed to recover reputationally from its 2011 nadir.

More than a third of voters (37%) have some or a lot of trust in Rudd to act in the community’s interest, ahead of Malcolm Turnbull on 33%, Tony Abbott on 29% and Prime Minister Julia Gillard on 26%. Turnbull appears to be a less polarising figure, however; 25% of voters have no trust at all in him, compared to 30% for Rudd, 43% for Abbott and 45% for Gillard.

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23 thoughts on “Essential: we trust the leaders-in-waiting more than the leaders

  1. Jimmy

    The lbis leading the ALP 44-26 just shows the lak on economic literacy in this country.

  2. Edward James

    Short listed leaders Kevin Rudd / Malcolm Turnbull according to Essential Research is in step with our journalist who have short memories! Rudd, more trusted to act in the community’s interest than any other significant political figure. I do not think so Bernard. I and many others connect Kevin Rudd straight to his time during the Wayne Goss government when child abuse took place in the John Oxley Centre.
    Perhaps crikey could do an interview with Kevin Rudd and again ask him those questions he side stepped because things were being inquired into. The Heiner Affair and Shreddergate remain an unfinished chapter inn Queensland political history

  3. Jimmy

    Does anyone else find it annoying that on a day where we have the results of the greek election, the resumption of parliament, the PM at the G20 and ebate of same sex marriage we get an article discussing polling?

  4. Edward James

    I had not realised so much was going on Jimmy. I look at tips and rumors for information which is not part of media releases to the chooks. I must point out when people tell Crikey something on the down low. What Crikey staff and their subscribers do with that information will be what keeps Crikey in the competition for eyeballs. Edward James

  5. Jimmy

    Edward James – I ahve no idea what you are on about, you aren’t funny enough to be sarcastic but no one could be that stupid.

  6. Sue11

    Gee, I don’t get why people consider Mr Rudd more trustworthy.

  7. Edward James

    I am paying for the opportunity to publish my comments on Crikey Jimmy. Too bad you don’t get it! Edward James

  8. Edward James

    Sue 11 neither do I. This politician was Chief of Staff to Wayne Goss. He reffussed to answer questions from the media which Joe Beljkie Petersen called “chooks” about abuse which is alleged to have occurred at the John Oxley Center. This link http://justgroundsonline.com/forum/topics/the-heiner-affair-how-it-got?page=2&commentId=3535428%3AComment%3A246026&x=1#3535428Comment246026
    Annette McIntosh, 37, is one of the living victims of Shreddergate – a 20-year controversy involving politicians, shredded documents and “hush money”. Kevin Rudd is part of this dysfunctional abuse of due process.
    I have a lot of trouble understanding how taxpayers can be identified as considering voting for him!
    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/new-light-shed-on-heiner-affair-with-shreddergate-inquiry-set-to-open/story-e6freoof-1226105065063 Edward James

  9. Edward James

    Jimmy, you say no one could be that stupid. Are you an expert on stupidity? Edward James 0243419140

  10. shepherdmarilyn

    Edward James, you are really Piers Akerman aren’t you? The Heiner affair did not investigate child abuse at John Oxley, it investigated nepotism among the frigging staff.

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