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Prime Ministers, Opposition Leaders and Government Popularity in Australia

McAllister, Ian


There is little doubt that political leaders are more important, and more visible, than at any time since democratisation. This article uses monthly public opinion poll data collected since 1973 to test four hypotheses concerning the relationships between leader approval, economic and political performance, and government support. The findings show that Prime Ministerial approval is based on public perceptions of both political and economic performance, with ministerial resignations,...[Show more]

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Date published: 2003
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Political Science
DOI: 10.1080/1036114032000092710


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