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Two Years after Deposing Rudd, Everyone still hates Gillard.

June 18, 2012

Almost two-thirds of voters think that the Labor Government is worse under Julia Gillard than it was when she knifed former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd two years ago.

And some sixty per cent of voters still prefer Kevin Rudd as preferred Prime Minister compared to just 30% of voters backing Julia Gillard.

The results are the findings of a new Galaxy Poll released by the Herald Sun.

According to the survey, voters believe that Julia Gillard has failed to deliver in the three key areas she nominated as the “biggest problems” when Kevin Rudd was leader, namely; climate change, the mining tax and stopping asylum seeker boats.

The poll found that 80 per cent believe Ms Gillard has failed on asylum seekers, 59 per cent think she has failed on reducing carbon emissions, and 57 per cent say she has failed to share the benefits of the mining boom.

Only one in five voters say Labor is better with Ms Gillard in charge in a poll that shows Labor’s primary vote has tumbled by 10 points since the day she became Prime Minister.

The Galaxy Poll of 995 voters taken between June 15-17 and shows that Labor’s primary vote has plunged from 41 per cent on the day Ms Gillard took power to 31 per cent.

Over the same period the Coalition’s vote has risen from 42 to 49 per cent.

In two-party terms the Tony Abbott-led Coalition is ahead 56-44 per cent.

Two years ago Labor led 52-48 and at the 2010 election Labor scored a narrow 50.1 per cent to the Coalition’s 49.9.

“The gamble by Labor’s faceless men to replace Kevin Rudd with Julia Gillard as leader two years ago has been a spectacular failure,” says Galaxy Research director David Briggs.

The poll found 64 per cent believe the Labor Government was worse than it was two years ago with 20 per cent saying it was better.

Julia Gillard previously declared that one of the main reasons for knocking off Mr Rudd was because Labor had “lost its way” on the issues of climate change, the mining tax and asylum seekers.

Today’s poll shows despite her success in negotiating the support of a hung Parliament for the mining and carbon taxes, which will begin on July 1, voters do not believe she has fixed those problems.



10 Comments leave one →
  1. TB Queensland permalink
    June 19, 2012 9:47 am

    Something …

  2. TB Queensland permalink
    June 19, 2012 9:48 am

    Still waiting …

  3. TB Queensland permalink
    June 20, 2012 10:39 am

    ANd this is an example of – part of Murdoch’s Conservative Political Machine – misleads the public …

    The headline reads …


    … click the story and it leads to this …

    Not only is the headline above misleading it is INCORRECT! And has been proven to be a media beatup …

    Doesn’t stop Murdoch’s fiction writers … they just perpetrate the headline and write other stuff under the same heading … journalism … more like science fiction …

    BUT the real problem with this bit of trivia is that MOST PEOPLE these days don’t read stories they READ HEADLINES and LISTEN to SOUNDBITES …

    … its no wonder most people never understand the real world!

  4. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 20, 2012 10:48 am

    Really TB? Gillard waltzes into Mexico and starts lecturing the G20 about economic policy…. some make veiled complaints about preferring not to be lectured, and it has no relationship to Gillard’s comments?

    As if any leader will confirm that his comments were directed to the leader of any individual nation.

    Gillard’s successive speeches and lecturing the international community were an embarrassment.

  5. June 20, 2012 12:25 pm

    If only Julia hadn’t said this on Sunday……….

    JOURNALIST: Prime Minister, you spoke about the need to have further integration on banking and fiscal policies.

    Is it true that the G20’s really about trying to put pressure on the leaders and that the European leadership will meet in another few weeks when they will actually make those decisions, is this just about trying to increase the pressure on them?

    PM: Look, of course here at the G20 we have a number of European leaders, but not all European leaders, and European leaders will meet in their own meetings later this month.

    But I believe it is appropriate that here at the G20 we have a focus on what Europe needs to do, so I will be discussing that with European counterparts.

    But our focus does need to be strongly on what the world needs to do at this time to strengthen the global economy.

    So, as I say, that does come down to a few very significant measures. We do have to resist protectionism in all its forms.

    I do want to see an agreement to strengthen trade facilitation. I do want to see countries committing to individual action plans on jobs, and of course there is the question of the IMF resourcing.

    At the last G20 meeting I was an advocate for strengthening the resourcing of the IMF.

    Australia has played its part, and I want to see other nations take forward their commitments to strengthening IMF resourcing.

    JOURNALIST: Prime Minister, you and the Treasurer have written directly to all the other leaders of the G20 countries.

    Why did you feel the need to make that direct plea in writing rather than just in your address to the plenary here at the meeting?

    PM: Well we believed it was important to take all steps to make Australia’s views known, so I have authored a letter with the Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer.

    I’ve also authored a letter with the President of the Republic of Korea, of South Korea, putting forward our views so that they can get maximum impact and airplay here.

    JOURNALIST: Have any of the leaders responded as yet?

    PM: My understanding from the senior officials’ discussions is that the letters have become a talking point, and there has been focus on them.

  6. Tom of Melbourne permalink
    June 20, 2012 12:46 pm

    I’m sure the entire international community wasl delighted with the letter from Julia and Wayne telling them how to do their jobs.

    Which was then backed up with some gratuitous advice, through the media, telling them how to do their jobs.

  7. June 20, 2012 12:49 pm

    I do think TB’s right in a sense. The EU leader was addressing Canada in his spray.

    The point isn’t that though. The point is that our leader continues to strut the world stage with this Orwellian idea that things are somehow not as they actually are, and she appears to expect us, and the world stage to believe her, or she doesn’t care whether we do or not.

  8. June 20, 2012 1:02 pm

    “I do think TB’s right in a sense. The EU leader was addressing Canada in his spray.”


    However it was the pre-emptive letter, sent by Julia to all and sundry as well as her “lecture” that simply smacks of self-aggrandisement.

    It’s enough to make you puke…

    Not that it would be any different had it been Abbott or Hockey, in fact probably much worse…

    Can you imagine that fat fk blustering around with a handful of KFC telling everyone wnat a marvellous job he’s doing ….?

  9. June 20, 2012 1:06 pm

    “with a handful of KFC”

    I thought pies were Joe’s favoured cuisine.

  10. June 20, 2012 3:29 pm

    Humble ones?

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