John Howard.
John Howard. Wikimedia Commons / R D Ward

Public votes Howard as nation's best PM in last 25 years

OPPOSITION Leader Tony Abbott often refers to the John Howard years as prime minister as the "golden era".

And it appears a majority of people agree.

More than a third of respondents to a Galaxy poll, published by News Limited, found Mr Howard had been the best prime minister of the past 25 years.

The former Member for Bennelong, who held the top job for 12 years before losing the prime ministership and his seat at the 2007 election, was rated the standout leader by 35% of those polled.

Kevin Rudd, the man who replaced Mr Howard in The Lodge, was next in line with 16% of respondents rating him as the best PM of the past quarter century.

Bob Hawke (15%) was next, followed by Paul Keating (9%) and Julia Gillard was last with just 5% of people rating her performance as PM.



Man 'hit and dragged' by car in busy street

Man 'hit and dragged' by car in busy street

The incident reportedly occurred after an argument

WATCH: Car crash video sparks debate over new road rule

WATCH: Car crash video sparks debate over new road rule

'Nothing but a dangerous revenue raising scam'

GALLERY: Nimbin show turns on the charm

premium_icon GALLERY: Nimbin show turns on the charm

Were you spotted at the Nimbin Show?

Local Partners