May 27, 2014

Essential: Abbott plummets in voter esteem, and who influences parties?

Voters' view of Tony Abbott has fallen alarmingly over the last month, today's Essential Report shows.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Voters’ views of Tony Abbott have slumped alarmingly in the wake of the budget and regard Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is seen as superior across a wide range of attributes, today’s Essential Report shows.

Since mid-April, the Prime Minister has deteriorated in voters’ eyes across all leadership attributes. In particular, he has significantly worsened on “out of touch” (11 points), “trustworthy” (11 points), “good in a crisis” (down 10 points), “hard-working” and “a capable leader” (9 points). The Opposition Leader, however, has lifted in voters’ estimation, lifting 9 points on both “understands the problems facing Australia” and “capable leader”. Head-to-head, Shorten is much more well-regarded than the Prime Minister by voters:

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One thought on “Essential: Abbott plummets in voter esteem, and who influences parties?

  1. beachcomber

    When will the polls start including alternative leaders, as always happened under Hayden, Hawke, Keating, Crean, Latham, Beazley, Rudd and Gillard?

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