Essential Report

Approval of Bill Shorten

Sep 8, 2015

Q. Do you approve or disapprove of the job Bill Shorten is doing as Opposition Leader? 

  Total   Vote Lab Vote Lib/
Nat
Vote Grns Vote Other   Nov 2013 June 2014 Dec 2014 Mar 2015 Jun 2015 Jul 2015 Aug 2015
Total approve 29% 58% 15% 25% 8% 31% 38% 35% 34% 32% 27% 29%
Total disapprove 50% 21% 72% 50% 71% 27% 40% 39% 39% 45% 52% 52%
Strongly approve 5% 10% 3% 5% 5% 7% 7% 5% 6% 5% 4%
Approve 24% 48% 12% 20% 8% 26% 31% 28% 29% 26% 22% 25%
Disapprove 27% 17% 27% 37% 49% 17% 22% 23% 21% 27% 28% 31%
Strongly disapprove 23% 4% 45% 13% 22% 10% 18% 16% 18% 18% 24% 21%
Don’t know 21% 21% 12% 26% 21% 43% 22% 26% 27% 22% 21% 19%

29% (no change) of respondents approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing as opposition leader and 50% (down 2%) disapprove – a change in his net rating from -23 to -21.

58% (up 2%) of Labor voters approve of the job Bill Shorten is doing and 21% (down 5%) disapprove.

30% of men and 28% of women approve of Bill Shorten. 57% of men and 43% of women disapprove.

Out of the three largest states, VIC gave Bill Shorten the lowest approval rating (25% approve and 50% disapprove). There were no significant differences between the two other largest states with 49% disapproving in NSW (29% approve) and 48% disapproving in QLD (28% approve).

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