Well, it’s official New Matilda readers overwhelmingly don’t like Tony Abbott. Indeed, of the 1,275 readers who voted in NM’s first official ‘Dirty 30’ poll – a vote on the most unpopular federal politicians among the NM readership – Tony Abbott attracted a whopping 94% of the total vote.
That’s basically almost everyone who voted.
In Abbott’s defence, because his surname starts with ‘A’, he was at the top of the ballot paper – how ironic that the ‘donkey vote’ would finally not benefit a politician.
Not far behind Abbott in the House of Reps was – no-one is going to be particularly surprised by this – human potato Peter Dutton, on 90%. And then there was daylight.
And then Scott Morrison (75%). Also not that surprising.
We also allowed readers to vote separately on the Senate, and there were a couple of clear standouts there as well.
Liberal defector turned Australian Conservative Cory Bernardi – famous for likening same-sex marriage to beastiality, among many other sins – topped the poll with 88% of the vote.
Right on his heels was the great-nephew of a Nazi and perhaps parliament’s most over-annunciator, Eric Abetz with 87%. And right behind him was stunt-politician Pauline Hanson (86%).
Abbott, Dutton, Abetz and Hanson were the only politicians to attract more than 80% of the House of Reps and Senate votes.
Of course, there’s twice as many members in the House of Reps as there is in the Senate, so we had to weight the result in order to deliver a fairer Dirty 30.
Once weighted, all of the Senators slipped further down the poll. The final official Dirty 30 list is printed below, but first a few interesting factoids.
- Only four politicians made the Top 30 who were not LNP members – Cory Bernardi (Australian Conservatives), Pauline Hanson (One Nation), David Leyonhjelm (Liberal Democrats) and Bob Katter (Katter Party).
- No Labor or Greens members made the Dirty 30 list.
- Only one politician in the Top 10 is NOT in federal cabinet (George Christensen). No mean feat when you think about it.
- Only six women appear in the ‘Dirty 30’ list – Pauline Hanson (One Nation), and then five Liberals: Julie Bishop, Michaelia Cash, Kelly O’Dwyer, Sussan Ley and Concetta Fierravanti-Wells. The low number of women in the list is somewhat ironic because the LNP still refuses to increase its female representatives with a quota system.
- The first Labor member to appear in the poll was a dead heat between Michael Danby (Melbourne Ports, at 31) and David Feeney who actually announced he was leaving parliament the day after we launched the ‘Dirty 30’ (over section 44 constitutional crisis). His retirement didn’t stop New Matilda readers for voting for him – a very New Matilda farewell.
- The third highest ranking Labor member on the list was none other than Bill Shorten, slipping in at number 34.
- Eight cabinet members did not make the Top 30 list – Marise Payne (Defence), Simon Birmingham (Education), Bridget McKenzie (Rural Health, Sport, Regional Communications), Daniel Tehan (Social Services), Michael Keenan (Human Services), David Littleproud (Agriculture and Water Resources), John McVeigh (Regional Development, Territories and Local Government), and Nigel Scullion (Indigenous Affairs).
How to read the table below
We asked readers two questions – who are their 15 their least favourite House of Reps politicians; and who are their 15 their least favourite Senators.
Vote was by invitation only – you had to be a New Matilda subscriber (paid or unpaid) to receive a link to vote.
The weighted result is the most relevant figure – it represents a ‘standardisation’ of the data. The reason for that is there are around twice as many House of Reps members as there are Senators, so obviously the Senate is a smaller pool of voters, and so Senators, statistically speaking, would receive higher numbers of total votes.
For the number nuts out there, we standardized both votes by multiplying the total number of each politician’s votes by 150 (House of Reps) and 72 (Senate) then divided by the total number of politicians (currently 222… we’re missing a few courtesy of some lax attention to constitutional detail).
That then gives you a standardized weighting, and the first official NM Dirty 30 List.
We’ll be using the list soon for a special subscription gift. More on that later. We’ll also publish the entire list later this week, including a special breakdown of the politicians who received no votes whatsoever. Not necessarily a good thing, in terms of their profile.
In any event, here’s the first official NM Dirty 30.
|1||Tony Abbott, Member for Warringah||94.04%||1199||810|
|2||Peter Dutton, Member for Dickson||89.65%||1143||772|
|3||Scott Morrison, Member for Cook||75.45%||962||650|
|4||Barnaby Joyce, Member for New England||73.10%||932||629|
|5||Malcolm Turnbull, Member for Wentworth||60.78%||775||523|
|6||George Christensen, Member for Dawson||60.00%||765||516|
|7||Kevin Andrews, Member for Menzies||59.53%||759||512|
|8||Christopher Pyne, Member for Sturt||54.67%||697||470|
|9||Julie Bishop, Member for Curtin||48.71%||621||419|
|10||Josh Frydenberg, Member for Kooyong||45.25%||577||389|
|11||Cory Bernardi, Senator for South Australia||87.84%||1120||363|
|12||Greg Hunt, Member for Flinders||42.12%||537||362|
|13||Eric Abetz, Senator for Tasmania||86.75%||1106||358|
|14||Pauline Hanson, Senator for Queensland||85.80%||1094||354|
|15||David Leyonhjelm, Senator for New South Wales||74.27%||947||307|
|16||Michaelia Cash, Senator for Western Australia||73.02%||931||301|
|17||George Brandis, Senator for Queensland||64.16%||818||265|
|18||Kelly O’Dwyer, Member for Higgins||29.49%||376||254|
|19||Christian Porter, Member for Pearce||28.78%||367||247|
|20||Bob Katter, Member for Kennedy||28.47%||363||245|
|21||Mathias Cormann, Senator for Western Australia||58.51%||746||241|
|22||Steven Ciobo, Member for Moncrieff||25.57%||326||220|
|23||Andrew Hastie, Member for Canning||25.25%||322||217|
|24||Alan Tudge, Member for Aston||24.86%||317||214|
|25||Matthew Canavan, Senator for Queensland||48.16%||614||199|
|26||Arthur Sinodinos, Senator for New South Wales||47.92%||611||198|
|27||Sussan Ley, Member for Farrer||19.92%||254||171|
|28||Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, Senator for New South Wales||38.12%||486||157|
|29||Ian Macdonald, Senator for Queensland||34.12%||435||141|
|30||Craig Kelly, Member for Hughes||14.67%||187||126|
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