Warwick gives PM Abbott Facebook report card
THE report card is in for Tony Abbott from the people of Warwick and the results are mixed.
We asked our readers on Facebook to give the Prime Minister a score out of 10 for his first year of office, with more than 50 comments and some serious political debate.
In the end, the average score from Warwick respondents was 5/10 - one of the highest scores recorded among the APN group papers. Scores on the Facebook post ranged from a negative 100, 000 to multiple ratings of 10.
Cassie McGahan rated Mr Abbott an 8/10. She believed he walked into the biggest mess to fix up.
"Mr Abbott deserves some respect - he deserves some credit," she said. "It could be worse - we could still have Rudd or Gillard as PM."
Another poster, Susan Bale, also scored the Prime Minister high with a 9/10.
"He's getting the country out of unbelievable debt - we would have gone broke if that had kept going," she said. "Everyone has to live within their limits, even the country."
For all the good scores there were also negative comments, reflecting some of the public sentiment following the controversial budget.
Jessica Harkness said she would rate Mr Abbott a 1.
"He hasn't lived up to his word and has uses money unwisely," she said.
"Get him out and get a real average Joe in."
Jen Odp also rated the PM a 1.
"No comment necessary - he will be forever known as the Worst Prime Minister in Australian History," she said.
Outside social media, there was strong support for the PM among the Liberal faithful.
Chair of the Warwick LNP Branch Dawn Scrymgeour said she would rate Mr Abbott a 7/10.
"I think he's achieved quite a lot - he's stopped the boats, he's promised the second Range crossing," she said.
"I just feel the longer he's there, the more he's improving as a statesman."
The LNP member of 40 years said while she understood people were upset about the budget, Aust
ralians needed to go without some things.
"I can understand people are doing it tough, but you can't spend more than your income," she said.
"If we're going to get out of debt, we've got to go without a few things."
The seat of Maranoa, which includes the Rose City, is the second safest LNP seat in the country.
"I guess Warwick being a town of older people it's (the party) well supported," Mrs Scrymgeour said.
"They've lived through depression and understand you have to put up with some pain sometimes."
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How APN news regions rated Tony Abbott's performance in the past year out of 10:
- Sunshine Coast Daily 3
- Coffs Coast Advocate 2
- The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton) 3
- Gympie Times 3
- Warwick Daily News 5
- Queensland Times (Ipswich) 1
- Toowoomba Chronicle 4
- Fraser Coast Chronicle 4
- Bundaberg News Mail 4
- Mackay Daily Mercury 4
- Gladstone Observer 2
- Northern Star (Lismore) 2
- Daily Examiner (Grafton) 4
- Tweed Daily News 3