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June 2010
Preferred leader - quants
Monday, 28 June 2010 16:26 | Written by Internet Thinking

I've noticed a narrative developing, particularly amongst some of my ALP-supporting friends, that the Rudd execution is somehow due to external corporate forces and internal barstardry. It is interesting to examine this in the light of what respondents to our poll, taken the day after the coup, say they would have done if they were in caucus.

Perceptions of Tony Abbott
Sunday, 27 June 2010 22:54 | Written by Graham Young

One of the earliest lessons I learnt in polling public opinion was that the public wanted politicians to be honest, but didn't expect them to be, and that describing a politician as honest was a contradiction in terms. Against this is the strange case of  Tony Abbott where "honesty" is a core characteristic that is one of the two that define him - fitness being the other.

Perceptions of Julia Gillard
Sunday, 27 June 2010 18:47 | Written by Graham Young

Julia Gillard scores with voters for not being Kevin Rudd, for being a woman, and for being intelligent and a competent capable person. The vocabulary that voters use to describe her are all about the head, and not the heart. Is that what they are looking for from a woman politician, or is there an essential contradiction here?

Advantage but no honeymoon
Saturday, 26 June 2010 17:49 | Written by Graham Young

Can Julia Gillard rescue Labor's fortunes in time for the next election, despite the fact she was one of four key decision-makers in everything the federal government has done since 2007?

Just posing this question exposes the fundamental weakness in her position.