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New Survey: “Tony Abbott is not very Intelligent”

April 3, 2012

STARTLING NEW REPORT’S SHOCK FINDINGS!

  • Tony Abbott considered “arrogant” and “not very intelligent”
  • Julia Gillard “out of touch” with ordinary Australians!
  • Voters hate them both!

A new report issued by Essential Media today has found that Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott is considered “more arrogant” than Prime Minister Julia Gillard, “less intelligent” and “slightly more narrow-minded.”
Mr Abbott scores a little higher on the “politically significant” questions of understanding the problems facing the nation, and on being in touch with fellow Australians. Especially the major miners and other struggling billionaires.

Opinion polls over the past two weeks have agreed that while the Opposition has a huge lead over Labor, voters still despise both leaders.

A Nielsen poll also released today had just 36 per cent of voters approving Ms Gillard’s performance, and only slightly more, 39 per cent, approving that of Mr Abbott.

Nielsen found there was no majority support for either as preferred Prime Minister.

The Essential poll on personal attributes reflects how the electorate has turned against Ms Gillard.

In July, 2010, 87 per cent of voters said she was “intelligent,” but now only 61 per cent give her credit for brains.

Mr Abbott’s intellect also been down-graded by the electorate, with 70 per cent calling him “intelligent” in July, 2010 and now just a measly 56 per cent.

Significantly, 35 per cent of voters thought Julia Gillard was “out of touch” with ordinary people in 2010, but now a big majority of 65 per cent do.

Mr Abbott was also considered “out of touch” by 57 per cent of voters inn 2010, but that has reduced slightly to 54 per cent.

Around half the electorate over the past two years has credited Mr Abbott with understanding the problems facing Australia.

Julia Gillard, however, has seen her rating on this question collapse from 68 per cent to a dismal 41 per cent now, according to the report.

 

 

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19 Comments leave one →
  1. April 3, 2012 1:32 am

    Who knew..?

  2. el gordo permalink
    April 3, 2012 6:57 am

    A pox on all their houses. I blame the times and the invention of the interwebys.

    ‘Voters are so disgusted with politics that the three main party leaders are collectively the least popular in the history of polling.

    ‘A survey yesterday put the negative ratings of David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband at the lowest cumulative rating, a staggering -121 per cent.

    ‘The Prime Minister saw his personal rating – the difference between the number of voters who think he is doing a good job and those who do not – plunge to -27 in the latest YouGov poll.’

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2123754/Disgusted-voters-main-party-leaders-worst-poll-ratings-history.html#ixzz1qv1CCmhl

  3. April 3, 2012 9:32 am

    Not only that, but he’s an arrogant prick!

  4. April 3, 2012 9:34 am

    But he’s a Rhodes Scholar! 😯

    Doesn’t that cancel out his status as Arsehat of the New Millenium?

  5. Tom R permalink
    April 3, 2012 10:01 am

    Voters are so disgusted with politics that the three main party leaders are collectively the least popular in the history of polling.

    Pollies have always been despicable pricks.

    But politics is all about perceptions. And those perceptions are largely fostered by our media.

    Pollies haven’t haven’t changed that much, but the depths to which our media have sunk in order to create headlines has.

    No wonder people are sick of politics, when our media feed us nothing but combativeness and chaos.

    The outcomes of the current parliament, while outwardly portraying this (thanks in large to an opposition who are daily trashing Parliamentary process and a media lapping it up and feeding it) is nothing of the sort.

  6. Splatterbottom permalink
    April 3, 2012 10:46 am

    TomR: But politics is all about perceptions. And those perceptions are largely fostered by our media.”

    This belief is at the root of the problem.

    “Pollies haven’t haven’t changed that much, but the depths to which our media have sunk in order to create headlines has.”

    On the contrary, pollies have absorbed the ‘perceptions’ message and have become entirely driven by spin. This is precisely why there is no consistency from either side as they twist about with each new gust of wind. It is precisely why voters believe their leaders are incapable of telling the truth and it is precisely why Latham was right when he said for Labor to win it needs to install a non-liar as leader.

    Blaming the media for Gillard’s lies and deceptions is just more of the same slimy spin that has already left voters deeply cynical.

  7. April 3, 2012 11:00 am

    “Pollies have always been despicable pricks”

    Yet, you’re always quick to blame the media for Gillard’s woes.

  8. JAWS permalink
    April 3, 2012 11:11 am

    “Yet, you’re always quick to blame the media for Gillard’s woes.”

    And a brand new woe for Gillard no doubt engineered by News Limited as part owner of Skynews.

    Lets watch as TomR tries to spin this into a News Limited conspiracy to do itself out of a massive contract just so they can undermine Gillard

    http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/auditorgeneral-slams-government-over-australia-network-20120403-1w9pt.html

    And if she was soooooooooooo certain that the ABC was the correct body to be awarded the contract why the hell did it go to tender in the first place ?

    And I like her response that the government will respond to the report “as we do”. I can see another 3 year enquiry as per the FWA Craig Thompson findings.

  9. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    April 3, 2012 2:14 pm

    Not very intelligent!

    It’s about time politicians had IQ tests, and the type of psych testing that is applied to business people. Most would show low intelligence, sociopathic tendencies and narcissism.

    Normal people aren’t politicians these days because they’d rather try out as a used car salesman, if they don’t have the ethics or intelligence for that, they can try politics.

  10. Tom R permalink
    April 3, 2012 2:47 pm

    Yet, you’re always quick to blame the media for Gillard’s woes.

    I have said some are self inflicted. But the majority are media driven pieces of fluff that obliterate any kind of reasonable dialog the Government attempts to generate.

    Yes, they have always been pollies, cut from the same mould (generally). But the media, at one time, attempted discourse.

    Nowadays, it is just gotcha journalism.

    And, considering tabot just got gotcha’s big time yesterday, and all of a sudden the press are disinterested, they are biased in their gotcha’s too

    Although, if he makes enough of a noise, it might get out there

  11. April 3, 2012 2:54 pm

    “Nowadays, it is just gotcha journalism”

    Tis True.

  12. Tom R permalink
    April 3, 2012 2:56 pm

    This should keep another story ticking over though. I have a feeling the meeja will be right onto this

  13. el gordo permalink
    April 3, 2012 3:16 pm

    Splatter has the correct slant …’pollies have absorbed the ‘perceptions’ message and have become entirely driven by spin.’

  14. Tom R permalink
    April 3, 2012 3:19 pm

    We have always had spin. Recall the series ‘Spin City”

    The problem is, now the media are doing it too.

  15. el gordo permalink
    April 3, 2012 3:22 pm

    The people can see through the spin, we are not stupid.

  16. April 3, 2012 3:33 pm

    speak for yourself…

  17. el gordo permalink
    April 3, 2012 8:06 pm

    🙂

    They say Riverview is a tough school, the bond between Barny and Abbott who is bright but not gifted with brilliance. His continual gaffs are a worry.

    ‘Nielsen found there was no majority support for either as preferred Prime Minister.’

    What the people want is a charismatic PM, both here and in the UK.

  18. TB Queensland permalink
    April 4, 2012 9:03 am

    Especially for The Neils’ edification …

    This is from my link last night … that you obviously didn’t read (bloody kids and research … I don’t know) … 🙄

    You see the Government Department run at the time by, Dolly Downer, advised AWB that they could do business with a Jordanian company trucking goods into Iraq … but it wasn’t really a trucking company … what some of us can’t understand is that the AWB execs were charged but the government watchdogs were “cleared” … of breaches of Australian and International law …

    And some folk champ at the bit over a single ALP pollie …

    This was a whole bloody Liberal National Coalition Government who had also sent our troops to war against the same country it was condoning kickbacks to … incompetence at a whole range of levels … cleared by a QC … reeked then and reeks now …

    It also produced correspondence between itself and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in which the Department advised it could see “no reason from an international legal perspective” that AWB could not enter into a commercial agreement with a Jordanian-based company.[14]

    In response to the UN Report, the Government sanctioned a royal-commission into the allegations, headed by Honourable Terence Cole QC, a former Judge of Appeal of the New South Wales Supreme Court. The Commission called to the stand many prominent members of the Government, including the then Prime Minister of Australia John Howard, the first Australian Prime Minister to face a judicial inquiry in more than twenty years.[17] The Cole Inquiry into the company’s role in the scandal was completed and tabled by Attorney-General Philip Ruddock on 27 November 2006.[20] The inquiry found that, at the insistence of the Iraq government of dictator Saddam Hussein, the AWB agreed to pay ‘transportation fees’ of around A$290 million. Cole’s findings agreed with the UN Report in finding this money was paid, often indirectly, to a Jordanian transportation company, Alia, who a small percentage of the fees, and paid the remainder onto Saddam’s government. This breached the sanctions placed on the Iraqi regime. The Cole Inquiry concluded that from mid-1999, AWB had knowingly entered into an arrangement that involved paying kickbacks to the Iraqi government, in order to retain its business.[21] It cleared Government bureaucrats and ministers from wrongdoing, however, it recommended criminal prosecutions be begun against former AWB executives.[22]

    The kickbacks also breached the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention.

    And compared to the Howard government if we ever see an Abbott government they will be tripping over each other with stuff ups … a long list of Gaffes in Opposition doesn’t bode well for government office

    The present government IS actually doing things … one of the reasons they are often accused of spending money is because Liberal governments generally sit on their hands … like landlords who don’t see repair work or development to improve …

  19. April 4, 2012 9:07 am

    “like landlords who don’t see repair work or development to improve”

    Exactly! Great analogy!

    BROADBAND I hear you ask? What’s wrong with the dial up modem you’ve got at the moment?? It work’s perfectly well doesn’t it…??!!!

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