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Aug 8, 2014

Poll Bludger: Abbott’s ‘women problem’

A deeper look into post-election polling trends reveals historical distinctions in how men and women react to leaders and political events -- and why Tony Abbott may have real cause for concern with the female vote.

William Bowe — Editor of The Poll Bludger

William Bowe

Editor of The Poll Bludger

The return to the spotlight of paid parental leave invites consideration of a subject that clearly looms large in the Prime Minister’s electoral calculations: namely the gender gap.

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10 thoughts on “Poll Bludger: Abbott’s ‘women problem’

  1. Daly

    As a woman, in my view Tony always behaves like an immature bully boy with an ego problem. I assume that blokes like that but his strutting inability to consider negotiating with anyone over anything because he would see that as a backdown really turns me off.
    The rest of the frontbencher seem to be leftovers from the Santamaria 60s and totally irrelevant to our decade. Old white men and lazy to boot. I’ve worked for and with too many of those dinosaurs to consider voting for a government full of them!

  2. Raaraa

    I think Tony has a more polarising effect on men. Either hate him or respect him.

  3. Yclept

    No Daly, not all us blokes like his strutting. I don’t see how anyone could consider the imbecile civilised.

  4. GF50

    Lets face it, our current PM is an immoral, unlikeable git of the first order and his frontbench is a nightmare, all suffering from cognitive dissonance. How can this government be legitimate?. Electoral fraud based on false advertising!

  5. Tom Jones

    While PPL will appeal to some younger women the bulk of women will get little or nothing extra under this regime. As a vote changer for women it will have little impqact when women’s rights in so many other ways are under attack. There are more women than men over 60 years and they are going back financially, women in the workforce are receiving less support in superannuation, female students are looking at debts for the whole of life and childcare is a major impact on women as well. Not only that when his colleagues state something stupid about women as Pyne and Abetz have this week the PM is silent. There are real issues that are impacting on the women’s vote, but PPL riles as many women as men as the short time frame and the unfairness and the impact on existing schemes will not help.

  6. AR

    Imagine how bad fings would be if the PM were not Minster for Womening!

  7. tonyfunnywalker

    My blogger name is based on Abbott “strutting like a cowboy’ walk which is so undignified and matches his poor diction and failure to verbalise anything beyond a 3 word slogan unless it is written down or he has a “cue prompt” operating. His ability to crystallise and enunciate logical argument is poor; so poor in fact that one word responses to questions at Question Time has become the norm and where pressed a “yellow /red card” protection racket from the Speakers’ chair comes to the rescue — the current norm of the current Parliament.

  8. Elbow Patches

    Have to admit, him getting caught at the airport reading 50 Shades of Grey really was the creepy icing on the cake of Abbott’s lack of appeal.

  9. GLJ

    Of course stereotyping on gender grounds is known as sexist. It is when the male behaves like and exhibits the stereotype then the numbers fall into place. As does T. A.

  10. Luke Hellboy

    I don’t know what women are complaining about, they have a minister for womens affairs… oh, that’s who it is… sorry ladies. Good luck, you’ll need it.

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